Of current interest...
Chris Deviney of the Philadelphia Orchestra
March 27, 2017

David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Enquirer writes:

"Pat Metheny's An Imaginary Day is morphing into a not-so-imaginary percussion concerto -- to be performed this week by the Philadelphia Orchestra at its Thursday-through-Saturday concerts..."

Bill Barclay of the Globe Theatre and Bramwell Tovey at the Hollywood Bowl, August 2016.
March 26, 2017

Bill Barclay, music director of Shakespeare’s Globe, talks about bringing Florent Schmitt’s Antony & Cleopatra (1920) to the Hollywood Bowl and the Barbican Centre.

Bramwell Tovey
March 22, 2017

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune writes: 

"...Chicagoans will be able to judge for themselves Tovey's finesse in this repertoire when he leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in "Gershwin Spectacular" concerts Friday evening and Saturday afternoon in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. But considering that Tovey has released two jazz albums, received accolades conducting Gershwin's landmark opera "Porgy and Bess" and unwinds after a hard day at the podium by riffing at the piano on American standards, there's good reason to believe he's at home in this music..."

 

Bramwell Tovey with Leonard Bernstein - London Symphony Orchestra 1986
March 18, 2017

Kyle Macmillan for CSO Sounds and Stories writes:

"In 1986, British conductor Bramwell Tovey stepped in at the last minute for an indisposed Lukas Foss on the opening night of the London Symphony’s Leonard Bernstein Festival. It turned out be a big day for him on many fronts. Not only did his successful appearance launch his international career, but he also was invited to master classes at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Bernstein, who had been in the audience for the LSO concert.
But there was another outcome as well for the conductor, who is also a top-flight pianist. After seeing Tovey conduct George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on that program with a guest soloist, Bernstein told him he should play the solo part and conduct from the keyboard. Tovey liked the idea, and he has been doing it that way ever since..."

Bramwell Tovey (left) with Oskar Morawetz and mezzo-soprano Sandra Graham at Edmonton’s Centennial Hall in 1992.
November 20, 2015


Toronto, November 19, 2015: Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO), is the recipient of the 2015 Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance. Bramwell will be donating the $20,000 prize towards bursaries at the VSO School of Music to allow students to study with members of the VSO.

Tosca at Tanglewood Festival 2015: back row - John del Carlo, Ryan Speedo Green, Bryn Terfel; front row - Brandon Jovanovich, Bramwell Tovey, Sondra Radvanovsky, John Oliver (chorus-master TFC), Ryan Casperson.
July 22, 2015

From The Berkshire Edge, July 21 2015:

"Tovey’s conducting [of the Boston Symphony Orchestra] was masterful and understated. His subtle stick work and expressive left hand drew lovely dynamic shadings and clearly arched, emotionally deep phrases from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which wove elegant tapestries of context and support. Ravishing string pianissimos, exquisite solos from clarinet, oboe, and flute, and rich underpinnings of contrabasses and brass distinguished these works."

Bryn Terfel
October 27, 2014

 

Jeffrey Gantz in the Boston Globe writes: "... “Ein deutsches Requiem” waxes eloquent in its three fugues, which proclaim the glory of the Lord. But elsewhere, especially in the first and last movements, it offers lukewarm comfort, addressing itself primarily to those left behind. This performance, however, was a blaze of ecstasy..."

Bramwell Tovey
October 26, 2014

Aaron Keebaugh writes in the Boston Classical Review:"...The performance at Symphony Hall Thursday night was radiant, with conductor Bramwell Tovey leading the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a sumptuous reading of the score. The soloists for the evening were bass-baritone star Bryn Terfel and soprano Rosemary Joshua, who made her BSO debut..."

Jamie Bernstein, Richard Suart (Dr Pangloss), Nina Bernstein-Simmons and Bramwell Tovey after "Candide", Tanglewood, August 2014 with Penelope Jenck's superb bronze of composer Leonard Bernstein.
August 19, 2014

Jeremy Eichler in the Boston Globe writes: "Almost a quarter-century after Leonard Bernstein’s death, his spirit still very much hovers over Tanglewood, a place he visited yearly, beginning with a six-week student sojourn in 1940 that he described as “the happiest and most productive of my life...”

Yo Yo Ma and Bramwell Tovey, in Saratoga with the Philadelphia Orchestra, August 2014.
August 18, 2014

Geraldine Freeman in the Sunday Gazette writes: "There’s nothing like hearing the Philadelphia Orchestra live at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. And when the programs are compelling, the soloists are fabulous and all are under a charismatic conductor like Bramwell Tovey, there’s no better way to spend an evening..."

July 20, 2014

Paul Hindmarsh, a former senior producer for BBC Radio 3, is a freelance journalist, editor and artistic consultant, specialising in British and band music. He serves as features editor for British Bandsman magazine, director of concerts for the Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society (UK), artistic director of the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass and band consultant for Faber Music Ltd.

Bramwell Tovey
July 1, 2014

David Patrick Stearns writes in the Philadelphia Enquirer: Tovey conducted music that didn't require (or receive) his usual witty introductions: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. It can be as problematic as it is great, yet here was thoroughly accomplished, with excitement arising from a strong musical foundation, cultivated opinions on how the music should go, and a keen ability to make that happen.

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