“In Germany, one rarely encounters an orchestra whose members take the stage smiling happily, almost radiantly. Not only did the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra do just that at its appearance on Monday, it worked itself up into even higher spirits with every measure….”
Die Welt, Hamburg
“The orchestra’s reputation for subtlety and precision, which had preceded it, came through in its elegant and clear phrasing. The sensitive paraphrasing of the themes and the transparency…along with its warm tone, gave the orchestra’s sound an unexpected fullness…The woodwinds…displayed exemplary virtuosity and musicality (flute, oboe, trumpet…), and the violins were perfect.”
When Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sang the opening recitative of Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut during the first rehearsal for the performance with Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The musicians sat in silence after the movement ended. At first, the musicians wiped tears from their eyes while some clapped timidly. Then followed uproarious applause from the orchestra and the few lucky guests. That first run-through was good enough for the final performance. Lorraine made it seem as if she were singing this music directly to you and to you alone.
–Bob Attiyeh, producer