“The emotional pitch was high from the outset” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian)
“Juanjo Mena was whipping the faster speeds along with all the breakneck enthusiasm worthy of a modern Beethoven expert, and the performance ended with him bouncing on the rostrum and excitement reaching dizzy heights. It was quite a night.” (Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News)
“Juanjo Mena gleaned from the pages of Beethoven’s score a powerfully emotional and dramatic intensity, extracting tenderness, jealousy, greed, love and joy in impressive quantity.” (Andrew King, Bachtrack)
Juanjo Mena led the BBC Philharmonic in a high-voltage performance of Beethoven’s only opera at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and the concert was greeted with highly favourable reviews. You can listen to the performance on BBC Radio 3 at 14:00 UK time on Thursday 21st May, and it will be available here until 21st June.
You can read the full reviews here:
The Guardian, Tim Ashley
Manchester Evening News, Robert Beale
Bachtrack, Andrew King