Review: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

18th March 2024, Gabor Halasz, Die Rheinpfalz

“You’re allowed to rave, because this time it’s time to report on an evening in which everything was just right: the interaction, the communication between the orchestra and the brilliant soloist, the always perfectly balanced sound conditions, the superior and prudent baton management of the conductor The apparatus […]

Review: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

18th April 2024, Uwe Rauschelbach, Mannheimer Morgen

“Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto and his Fifth Symphony in one evening – as a concert-goer you are a little intimidated and feel the need for less opulence after the break at the latest. And yet, after the concert with the German State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate, you go home […]

Review: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

14th January 2024, Alois Ecker, Die Rheinpfalz

“The German State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate, with a gigantic symphonic line-up, unpacked a program under the title “Unendliche Weiten” with which they had already caused a sensation in the Speyer Technology Museum last summer. Under its chief conductor Michael Francis, who acted with energetic body language and precise […]

Review: New Year’s concert – State Philharmonic makes real bouquet of flowers in Ludwigshafen

Jan Benedict Tiggeler, Mannheimer Morgan, 3rd January 2024

“The German State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate under its chief conductor Michael Francis invited people to the New Year’s Concert – a successful home game between Vienna and Paris!…

The first Carmen Suite began the evening. Michael Francis, expressive and with precise signaling, spanned the arc from the threatening […]

Review: The Best of San Diego 2023

29th December 2023, Garrett Harris, San Diego Reader

“If there was just one concert in 2023 that I wished everyone could have experienced it would have been Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. This was the concluding concert of the 2023 Mainly Mozart Festival. The concert was held at the Epstein Family Amphitheater on the campus of […]

Review: Music that falls out of the frame

Uwe Rauschelbach, Schwetzingen Zeitung, 4th July 2023

“Beethoven’s “Great Fugue” is already a renunciation of the familiar and the conventional. Music that is out of the ordinary. Who wants to go somewhere, but has no orientation or goal. Even the fugue pattern doesn’t hold up and is bursting at the seams. Under their chief conductor […]

Review: Final concert of the music festival with Staatsphilharmonie

Karl Georg Berg, Die Rheinpfalz, 3rd July 2023

“With his coherent and exciting rendition of Mozart’s Requiem, Michael Francis made a deeply moving musical impression…Above all, however, the chorus followed the impassioned expression of Michael Francis, who combined clarity of form with a highly expressive interpretation of the funeral mass…

Last but not least, the concert […]

Review: A touch of happiness

Uwe Rauschelbach, Schwetzingen Zeitung, 30th June 2023

“In captivating passages [of Shubert’s Symphony No. 9 “Great”], the woodwinds made their mark with striking entries – especially in the lyrical oboe motif in the second movement, which the clarinet carried along – and the brass unfolded its majestically radiant dominance in the intensifications staged by the […]

Review: Opening concert of the music festival

Karl Georg Berg, Die Rheinpfalz, 29th June 2023

“After a festive first part of the overture, Michael Francis ignited a multitude of musical firecrackers in dazzling colors at the current opening concert, at least in the fast main part [of Haydn’s Music for the Royal Fireworks], and unfolded an igniting and brilliant sound magic. The […]

Review: Mainly Mozart Festival Brings Mahler to The Conrad

Ken Herman, San Diego Story, 21st June 2023

“Michael Francis conducted a well-considered, beautifully shaped account of the symphony, giving ample space for Mahler’s cornucopia of themes to unfold with languid ease–as the composer instructed–while maintaining a clear sense of direction and purpose.”