“...extremely musical
and uplifting, a triumph of highly spirited and passionate music making. Certainly a treat to experience such an energetic rendition of such unparalleled music.” 

Boston Musical Intelligencer, review of the B minor Mass

Recommendations

— Anthony Iantosca,

Audience member

"I have immensely enjoyed all the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra concerts but the performance of Bach's St. John Passion undoubtedly had to enter into the superlative category. From the first notes one could feel that something special was happening. There was a palpable intensity in the orchestra and chorus that was transmitted to the audience. One would have thought that with the diminished orchestral and choral forces that the concert would still be excellent but would not enter into dimensions of sublime spirituality. Instead the orchestra and chorus sounded full bodied and more importantly had an intensity that entered into that raw nerve, spine tingling, misty eyed dimension that unfortunately only too rarely happens in a concert. Saturday's concert was one of those rare events. It was an experience where one could feel the presence of higher forces in one's internal being, regardless of one’s religious affiliation or philosophical outlook on life. Kudos to Maestro Freisinger, the orchestra, soloists, and of course, to Johann Sebastian Bach for a concert that must have made an indelible impression on the mind of everyone present."

— Igor Tkachenko,

Composer

Note of Appreciation from composer Igor Tkachenko

Oct. 4, 2010


Dear Peter,

Now that a little over a week has passed since the day of the concert I feel a need to write you in order to express my deepest appreciation for your impeccable musicianship, enthusiasm, and indefatigable energy. I have just listened to the recording of my little Concerto again and, I must say how unfair it would be to characterize this performance as having been merely “pulled off” (I am quoting you!). No! This was a wonderful, spirited, MUSICAL performance, with style, energy and understanding of the score which I find remarkable, especially considering the severe time constraints you have been working under.

Thank you for making this performance (and the existence of the piece itself) possible!


All the best,

Igor

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Big-Picture Bach from Small Forces

— Michael Rocha,

Boston Musical Intelligencer

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Maestro Freisinger exudes congeniality both on and off the podium. His conducting style appears to be of the ‘broad brush’ (or ‘broad baton’) variety, with sweeping, balletic gestures and barely contained enthusiasm. (Oddly enough, he was actually baton-less during the first two sections.) His tempi were consistently brisk, energetic, and appropriate; his innate musicality readily apparent. An accomplished pianist, organist, violinist, and violist, Herr Freisinger appeared at times as if he were about to reach out and actually play some of the notes himself.

Freisinger Chamber Orchestra’s Lighter Side

— Sudeep Agarwala,

Boston Musical Intelligencer

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Previous Boston Musical Intelligencer reviews (here and here) described the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra’s performances of major works by Bach, but Sunday’s performance in the sanctuary of Boston’s Old South Church revealed a more playful aspect of the ensemble and took a rapt audience through vibrant performances of works by Mozart, Haydn, some 19th-century French arias and a commissioned work by Dan Shore.

FCO performances tend to be informal affairs; audience members frequently find themselves walking in on last-minute rehearsals mere minutes before the start of the concert. Conductor Peter Freisinger frequently addresses the audience with impromptu remarks about the season or the current concert’s program. This lax environment is deceptive: Freisinger Chamber Orchestra consistently produces high-quality performances of major works while managing to champion young artists and new composers as well.

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