Michael Green from IOL Online has just published a review of my recent concert with the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic, which saw the orchestra’s concert master and soloist Joanna Frankel perform Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1.
"The concert opened with Claude Debussy’s most celebrated work, The Afternoon of a Faun, a beautiful, dreamy example of impressionism dating from 1894. Izcaray’s expressive left hand conjured up some lovely sounds from the orchestra, especially in the woodwind passages.
The programme was completed with Mozart’s Symphony No 38, the Prague, first performed in that city in 1787 (Mozart was much-admired in Prague). This was another first-rate performance, precise and accurate, but vigorous and full-blooded.
Izcaray seems to have the gift of communicating his own enthusiasm to the players, and his brief visit to Durban has, I think, been highly successful."