Claus Peter Flor

Conductor

Biography

Respected worldwide as a conductor with instinctive and incisive musicianship, Claus Peter Flor maintains a prestigious international career. He is renowned for his command and interpretation of Austro-Germanic repertoire, such as Bruckner; Mahler; Strauss; Brahms; Schumann and Mendelssohn, the works of Shostakovich, and has a great affinity with the Czech repertoire of Dvorak and Suk having recorded many of their works during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic.

Born in Leipzig in 1953, Mr. Flor began his musical career with violin tuition in Weimar and Leipzig, before focusing on conducting with Rolf Reuter and later on with both Rafael Kubelik and Kurt Sanderling. In 1984, he became General Music Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and also began regular associations at this time with the other major German orchestras: the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Dresden Staatskapelle. In 1988 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has since returned twice.

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Reviews

“Flor worked his magic right from the start. Who knew that muted horns could play so softly as in the opening of Dvorák’s rarely performed tone poem The Wild Dove? (No one gets more nuances of supercharged pianissimos than Flor.)”

Scott Cantrell

The Dallas Morning News

“… both Othello and The Wood Dove are stunning. Indeed, this is hands down the most exciting performance of the former yet committed to disc, bar none. Hearing this performance, you will be stunned that this thrilling, dramatic work remains one of the most neglected of all Dvorák’s late masterpieces. The Wood Dove is every bit as brilliant: gaunt and grim in the funeral march that brackets the lilting wedding scene, and crushing in the subsequent suicide music.”

David Hurwitz

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More Reviews

“Flor worked his magic right from the start. Who knew that muted horns could play so softly as in the opening of Dvorák’s rarely performed tone poem The Wild Dove? (No one gets more nuances of supercharged pianissimos than Flor.)”

The Dallas Morning News by Scott Cantrell

“… both Othello and The Wood Dove are stunning. Indeed, this is hands down the most exciting performance of the former yet committed to disc, bar none. Hearing this performance, you will be stunned that this thrilling, dramatic work remains one of the most neglected of all Dvorák’s late masterpieces. The Wood Dove is every bit as brilliant: gaunt and grim in the funeral march that brackets the lilting wedding scene, and crushing in the subsequent suicide music.”

www.classicstoday.com by David Hurwitz 

“All of these performers are under the musical direction of the Austrian Claus Peter Flor, who departs from the repertoire of Mozart and Mendelssohn with which he is familiar to capture this Puccini score… This is certainly a wonderful production that was not ashamed to face the other productions and brought great credit to the pink city. Go to see it without the slightest hesitation.”

www.actutoulouse.fr 

“Restored to sophistication, the orchestration takes, through the impulses and the choice of [Claus Peter Flor], a life and a fullness in which the action and drama in every moment receives its just emphasis, without sentimentality or pathos, with the result that, by the end of the tragedy, we find ourselves, despite the misfortune of heroin, filled with happiness and gratitude.”

www.forumopera.com 

“Flor ensured a musical experience that was both intellectually and emotionally electrifying…Especially notable was Flor’s grasp of timing and forward motion. Even in the work’s most tender and somber moments, the maestro maintained an energetic momentum that made for an active listening experience…It was Flor’s artistic imagination and intensity that pervaded and underscored the success of the program as a whole.”

The Denver Post by Sabine Kortals

“A miraculous collaboration. The other contribution to the success, the German conductor Claus Peter Flor who shone a virtue that is lost in lyrical theatre: Do not cover the singers and let them become inaudible especially in a piece of work that the text dominates. The collaboration of orchestral textures he has woven throughout this moment in time, with all the miraculous flow of phrasing are moments of pure theatrical grace”

Le Quotidien du Medecin by Olivier Brunel

“At the podium, Claus Peter Flor has inspired musicians to play fiery and dramatic, in moderate tempos.”

Rhinneckar Zeitung by Rüdiger Ost

“And under the baton of Claus Peter Flor, the Strasbourg Philharmonic is at home in the pit, giving a lot of transparency in the musical fabric of the marathon production, masterfully led by the director.”

DNA by Marc Munch

“It is rare to hear the score of Siegfried (conducted by Claus Peter Flor) with a transparent chamber music feel and with such excellence of Thursday’s performance”

Die Rheinpfalz by Dagmar Gilcher

“…this recording (Dvorak Symphony No. 9) is excellent. Claus Peter Flor attacks with music with passion and spontaneity.”

ClassicsToday.com by David Hurwitz

“Peter Flor revisits each of these (Dvorak) symphonies with the same intelligence, the same fullness of singing and the same expressiveness height…a must-buy CD!”

Classics Today France by Sylvain Gasser