It was exactly those gentle, soft and dark tones which gained special emphasis in the new Bernese production thanks to the young Indonesian conductor Adrian Prabava, former assistant of Bernard Haitink in Amsterdam, who sought and found numerous colors and nuances in Dvořák's score. Yet, "Rusalka" rarely sounded so impressionistic. It happens not very often that one can hear the forest shades and night moods so suggestively enchantedly. On top of that, this interesting young conductor disposes of a very solid craft. Hardly ever he had to iron out any delicate situations, and he accompanied the singers with guarded accuracy while bringing out from the Bernese orchestra a beautifully blended sound.
Musik und Theater – November 2015
Lead by a precise, an intelligently responsive and a beautiful sounding homogeneous orchestra, the Bernese "Rusalka" under the baton of Adrian Prabava proves from number to number, from scene to scene and act to act as a production of remarkable coherence and quality.
Die Stimme der Kritik – November 2015
Dvorak’s abundant score, with its symphonic and leitmotovical shape was brought to shine from the first moment onwards. The piece, which combines highly romantic approaches with almost impressionistic tone painting is in good hands with [Indonesian] conductor Adrian [Prabava]. Highly alert he explores dynamic ranges, while beautifully letting the strings breathe and the woodwinds expand. Some exquisite solo performances from the ditch (again and again it is the harp!) fit perfectly in the big picture. Adequate tempi and a slavic ductus leave nothing to be desired.
Der Bund – 24.11.2015
Finally, the success of the evening is also largely indebted to guest conductor maestro Adrian Prabava. This young conductor has been a revelation for this concert. He has got a stranglehold as well as rigour and great accuracy. The orchestra gave him total musical response.
Info Culture – 05.11.2015
The QSO played under the baton of Adrian Prabava. It was placed in good hands. During Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 which the guest conductor lead by heart, one could feel that he knew exactly what he wanted and, most importantly, how to get it. One could also feel Adrian Prabava’s love for this work and how much he wanted to make appreciate its qualities . Inspired by this determined direction, the orchestra played with generosity and insurance.
Le Soleil – 04.11.2015
Adrian Prabava inspired the very alert orchestra to a truly refreshing interpretation which one could not have imagined any more intelligently dosed in terms of mixture of pathos and noblesse. Even British musicians would not have been able to do any better. [...] Linus Roth and the precisely lead Reutlingen Orchestra realised an exemplary interpretation, vibrating and sophisticated, which in all aspects measured up to the piece’s status within the repertoire. [...] Mendelssohn’s popular „Scottish Symphony“ in A minor opus 56 was played under Adrian Prabava in a wonderfully fluent and fiery manner, without neglecting poetic details to be carved out notably in the middle movements.
Bergsträsser Anzeiger – 03.12.14
Soloist [...] and guest conductor Adrian Prabava gave distinction to the third symphonic concert of the season. And how! Prabava – a bundle of energy with a very precise sonorous conception – claimed from the music all the quiet intensity and explosiveness which she holds in readiness without ever allowing any vagueness.
Reutlinger Generalanzeiger – 03.12.14
The impressions left by the second concert of the cycle 'Slavic Soul' were really exceptional ... The second half of the evening was devoted to 'Symphony No. 5' by Dmitri Shostakovich. Prabava conducted the justifiably popular, often-heard work with great care, putting in relief, with freshness and wondrous economy of expressive means, every aspect of the epic dramaturgy. Using as a tool the predesigned tense playing of string instruments and the virtuoso contributions of the fine woodwind of the ASO, he dynamically pointed to heroic machismo of the extensive narrative paragraphs and the march-like exaltations of the opening Moderato and formed evocatively the mournful, elegiac Largo, leading it in a prolonged climax of shocking volume.
EFSYN – 04.11.2014
A daring programme, a competent conductor and a highly motivated orchestra.... The Innsbruck Orchestra did their utmost under the baton of Indonesian origin conductor Adrian Prabava, and delivered a fulgurant final crescendo... Adrian Prabava definitely convinced with Messiaen and gave an impressive interpretation...
Kronen-Zeitung Innsbruck – 17.3.2014
Adrian Prabava is an extraordinary conductor who uses the composer’s handwriting in order to make heard every instrument and to emphasize each instrumentalist; he plays the musical colours and contrasts of shades by stressing and confirming them repeatedly.... More than simple conducting he gives an interpretation which never stays superficial, but comes out of the depths of human being and confers spectacular splendour and brilliance to the sounds... A storm of applause hailed the conductor who had given an extraordinary interpretation of this symphony [Mahler 5th] executed by an electrified orchestra. Bravo!
www.gbopera.it – January 2014
This New Year’s Eve concert turned into the discovery of the relatively young conductor, Adrian Prabava. It suffices to see him "in action“ to assume that he is someone for big orchestras. Prabava is full of energy but works with the greatest precision and is always alert. He understands conducting as the exact shaping of music. For his Basel performance he was perfectly prepared... A sonorous medley, which is usual for that kind of concerts, but which he knew to link thematically through his creative power. Orchestra and chorus let inspire themselves by his elaborate agility...
Baseler Zeitung – 30.01.2013
Musical expression was given high priority that evening. This was thanks to conductor Adrian Prabava’s immensely vivid impetus. Literally overflowing with vitality and energy, and on top of that an extraodinarily assiduous conductor in terms of physical effort, Prabavas’s expansive and evocative gestures continually carried away the Radio Philharmonics’ and inspired them to very intense and contrastive playing. Thus were created lively and colourful interpretations which particularly impressed by their contour sharpness, their strong accentuations and nimble dynamics possessing fine shades and sensitive nuances. [...]
It was in Schumann’s Third Symphony, called „Rhenish“, that the audience was completely taken in by the majestic and solemn aura of the fourth movement and the elemental impetus of the triumphant orchestral apotheosis in the fifth.
Rheinpfalz – 22.10.2012
Indonesian-born conductor Adrian Prabava made a very promising UK debut, using the large orchestral forces to create a full-blooded, unashamedly Romantic sound which made quite a contrast to the last time I heard this symphony [...] in the same hall. The pallette of orchestral colour was rich and well used, from the plangent winds of the introduction to the rich breadth of the string tone, and I especially liked the way Prabava drew out the chocolaty colours of the middle strings. The final bars were a romping conclusion...
seenandheard-international.com – 30.04.2012
... [I]t was a delight to watch Adrian Prabava conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra play [...] [Mendelssohn’s] entire Third Symphony through after the interval. I hope we see him in Edinburgh again.
edinburghguide.com – 30.04.2012
On the podium was the newcomer Adrian Prabava – a choice that, as the evening progressed, steadily transpired to be highly propitious. Even at the start of the concert, with the Overture to Verdi’s opera The Sicilian Vespers, it was very clear that this young Indonesian conductor has a strong control over the music and all the musicians in the orchestra. He very quickly enthused his audience with his flexibly expressive phrasing and the extremely precise pin-pointing of details in his interpretation. Mr Prabava exudes a striking energy in his direction that is yet at the same time restrained when appropriate. Conducting from memory, his interpretation of each movement of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony achieved a high calibration of parts – whirlwind timpani and rampaging violins in their highest registers were followed by the most ethereal passages imbued with a fairy like charm. The frenetic applause from the audience that followed this perfect performance by Adrian Prabava and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester was well deserved.
PNN (Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten) – 12.12.2011
Adrian Prabava worked with absolute precision. This Indonesian conductor who pursued his musical studies in Germany has the distinction of being a protégé of Kurt Masur, and following in his footsteps he is a true perfectionist who holds the reins with a firm hand even with the very slightest nuances.
Märkische Oderzeitung – 12.12.2011
As the conductor’s baton flew up into the heavens, as though liberated he physically took hold of the work with his bare hands, diving into the dramatic universe of the Russian composer. His beat became even more carressing in the lovely andantino, even snappier in the persistent pizzicati of the third movement, and even more energised in the explosive outbursts of the last movement, where the orchestra [Orchestre philharmonique de Marseille] was pushed to the limits of its resources. The Axois public could not contain its justified excitement at the end.
La Marseillaise, 29.09.2011
It was the music that triumphed, acting like a harmonious bridge between the waters of the Vieux-Port and the banks of the XVIIth century Cours Mirabeau. Verdi, Barber and Tchaikovsky were the featured composers in a concert that served to reveal the special qualities of a young conductor: Adrian Prabava. After the interval, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 provided an opportunity for this Indonesian artist to shine out in a special way as the orchestra [Orchestre philharmonique de Marseille] realised its highest level of qualities for the occasion. Half way through the first movement, Mr Prabava‘s baton flew out of his hand and landed by the feet of the Principal Cello – an accident that liberated the conductor’s direction.
With the impassioned gestures of his hands, the second movement was a pure marvel as he gave birth to sounds like the blooming of flowers. And as for the pizzicati of the third movement – absolute magic.
La Provence, Aix-en-Provence, 29.09.2011
The conductor Adrian Prabava, who in 2007 was the first recipient of Bernard Haitink Bursary, led the orchestra [Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] with a remarkable authority for his age. What a magnificent evening!
Het Parool – 23.06.2011
Adrian Prabava, on the podium with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Altenburg-Gera gave a strong impression of having a very clear musical concept in his concert at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Gera on Saturday. In him, creative musicality and analytical talent are perfectly wedded, and thus we heard the musicians of Altenburg-Gera aspiring to a level rarely heard previously. It was above all in the first three movements that he built up a musical experience that one does not always hear these days in this work. As though through magic, Prabava was able to elicit from the musicians that he had meticulously prepared to perfection a flawless balance of individuality and ensemble discipline, as we heard in the magnificent horn solos and the absolute unanimity of the strings. This was a remarkably rich and convincing experience for the listener – from the first to the last bar, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was full of tension. It is altogether by the remarkable quality of playing the orchestra gave in this performance that future concerts here will be measured.
In the works that followed, it transpired that Adrian Prabava is a brilliant interpreter. After rehearsing the musicians of the Kammerphilharmonie to perfection, he succeeded in bringing transparent clarity to the structures and balances of even the most intimate works, transmitting throughout his conducting a very finely woven range of dynamics and subtle emotions. They ranged from crescendos brimming with tension, to expressively plaintive lines, all resounding with a beautiful sonority filled with a feeling of hope.
Finally, Adrian Prabava’s interpretation of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony narrowly missed detonating the entire hall. The energetic and charismatic Prabava obtained a red hot sound from the orchestra, which played flawlessly: he and all the instrumentalists welded into a completely unanimous whole.
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
At the helm of the Altenburg-Gera Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Prabava had the ideal touch, exactly capturing the style of the music and satire. Neither the music’s slightly uncouth character nor the subtly cryptic innuendos of the motifs fell by the wayside. Conducting with strong control and yet great ease of assurance, he was in complete command of all the multifarious elements on the stage, creating a lightness of texture that is notably difficult to bring off in this music.
Das Orchester – (review of a performance of Shostakovich’s Moscou Tcheriomouchki)
The fact that, within the musical confines of an operetta in which 22 of the 40 numbers are reprises, the evening was highly agreeable was undoubtedly the result of the young Indonesian conductor Adrian Prabava’s talents. The new First Kappellmeister of the Altenburg-Gera Philharmonic Orchestra drew from his players acutely piercing sonorities that are the absolute essence of Shostakovich’s biting musical style. Thanks to the sounds he conjured up, he succeeded better in presenting a case for this work than did the stage director with his chichi production.
Opernglas – (review of a performance of Shostakovich’s Moscou Tcheriomouchki)
The fifteen instrumentlusts of the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra played with precision and enthusiasm under the committed direction of Adrian Prabava. There was effusive applause for all of them at the end.
Opernglas – 2.10.2010 (review of a performance of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw)