"One of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world, Bramwell Tovey is a Grammy Award-winning conductor and a renowned composer."
"He is the very model of a modern orchestral maestro... Not only is he a supremely gifted conductor and music director, a much published composer, a pianist (classical and jazz) and a dreamer of big projects, he is also the bearer of a fantastic sense of humour."
"Tovey then took on a masterwork of musical humor, Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," leading the audience by the hand through the piece at the piano from beginning to end. He is a more mischievous teacher than, say, Leonard Bernstein was but just as illuminating..."
"Some of the best performances of Bernstein I've ever heard (conducted by the composer himself, Michael Tilson Thomas and Dudamel) have been by this orchestra in this amphitheater. Tovey, on Thursday night, joined that select company."
"Tovey is an unabashed intellectual. He dangles names of composers and philosophers throughout his discussion of polytonal musical construction. But he's also irrepressibly funny."
"I loved Tovey's conception of the Mahler - the breadth of the plush, main melody, the transitions into the lighter sections, the sparkle of the mocking interludes. This music spends time lavishly, but it was time well spent on Saturday."
I cannot remember a more stunning performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 than I heard played by Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic last night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, nor can I imagine the Phil playing any better period...
"...top marks go to the orchestra and Bramwell Tovey’s skilled, clear direction. We owe a large debt to Mr. Tovey’s considerable acumen in bringing this opera to life, and elucidating a splendid sound world to such completion. Orchestra members are working in top form here and there ought to be no doubt that audiences consider their performances a complete success ... "
Korngold, Die tote Stadt. Calgary Opera
Tovey included...Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo and Juliet," which the conductor first introduced at the piano, describing, with cutting wit, the way Prokofiev's music theatrically informed Shakespeare.
There was next to no sentimentality in Tovey's performance of the excerpts...But there was a pointed, ferocious theatricality that transcended everything else..."