Internationally known French conductor, has worked and recorded extensively with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester - for whom he was Principal Conductor from 1992 to 2004. Also Principal Guest Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Son of the late cellist Paul Tortelier.
Trivia: it has been said that he fakes a French accent during his conducting and rehearsing of the NYOGB in order to hide a predominantly Mancunian accent.
Like his father, the brilliant and utterly independent cellist Paul Tortelier, YanPascal is his own man. His conducting style is on the decorative side, effective if inefficient with a lot of “handies” and swirling gestures that have nothing to do with the case.
Tortelier took his ease and with such liberties and mannerism in attenuated tempo let-ups that, for all his adroitness, there was often loss of momentum.
And there was the balance problem, generic to Davies Hall and not Tortelier's fault, losing a lot of the sonority of the violins and of the splendid principal flute and oboe, buried behind a wall of violinists.
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