Of current interest...
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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