Grzegorz Nowak is Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He was recently appointed Music Director & Conductor of the The Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia and the Orquesta Sinfonica de España in Madrid. Read More
MUSIC REVIEW: Behind the score ‘Rite of Spring’
10.30.2014 | Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington
All involved in ‘Behind the Score’ enterprise deserve kudos
By Peter Jacob
"...The combination of Maestro Nowak’s conducting skills and briefings for students resulted in a riveting performance. Not many long-established professional orchestras could have improved upon what one heard. The hundred or more musicians on stage — from Nowak to violinist Fleezanis (seated inconspicuously at the rear of the first violin section) and to the percussionists in the rear — were in the zone. The wild and shifting rhythms, the severe dissonances, the mounting energy and explosive thrusts, the sudden nervous quiets, the bursts of drum-delivered, brass-supported salvos, the individual and mysterious solos, and the grand sweeps of an orchestra in artistic heat: all the elements above, fully mastered and thrillingly exhibited, were part of this extraordinary performance.