Reviews

“Stravinsky’s Petrouchka was an entertaining, yet sophisticated musical experience. Jonathan Stockhammer’s conducting was very clear and meaningful, and the orchestra played at a correspondingly high level. Stockhammer styled the Hitchcockian thriller Petrouchka with countless exciting details, contrasts and thousands of colours.”

- Turku Philharmonic Orchestra Performance February 1, 2007
- TURUN SANOMAT, 7/2/2007

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“Igor Stravinsky’s Petrouchka Suite floods the Philharmonie like a sunbeam. Conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer, the DSO plays from beginning to end with freshness, dedication and good humour.”
- DER TAGESSPIEGEL, 23/3/2007

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“One cannot help but hear that rhythm and energy are at the very top of Stockhammers musical agenda – and for these dances (Dvorák) that’s not a bad thing. But naturally there is more than that there. Opulent inner-voices bloom between the rattling of cymbals and chuntering of the double bass, in a way only Dvorak could have devised. The metre lurches again and again, spiritedly lending a stable platform to this romp. And it is on this platform that the elegant, precise and demanding Stockhammer moves so competently and sensuously as to let the ravishing strands of the cellos and violas, second violins, woodwind and brass flourish.”

- MDR New Year Concert, Gewandhaus Leipzig January, 2007
- LEIPZIGER VOLKSZEITUNG, 3/1/2007

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“The opening concert of Musica nova, which presented music by contemporary American composers, focused on the art of writing music for orchestra. All four works by three composers indulged in finely tuned treatment of the orchestra and the skill of making a big symphony orchestra sound great. (…) The conductor Jonathan Stockhammer who was born in America and lives in Germany, did a fantastic job. Under his baton, the RSO developed a brilliant sound, and this is exactly how new music has to be played – even when the score is complicated, every little detail was perfectly clear.”

- Finnish Radio Debut March 3, 2006
- HUFVUDSTADSBLAD 5/3/2006

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“Three of the most important American composers were presented in the opening concert of Musica Nova. (…) Jonathan Stockhammer led the RSO brilliantly; in the two works by Thomas, it sounded like an enormous chamber orchestra.”
- HELSINGIN SANOMAT, 5/3/2006

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“But it is certainly to the orchestra that Pascal Dusapin dedicates the greatest dramatic impact, as if the text were to inspire him finally to the most beautiful pure music, truly fascinating and emotionally gripping. Credit is definitely due to the Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon under the baton of the American conductor Jonathan Stockhammer who gives us ninety minutes of remarkable homogeneity, precision and dramatic intensity. Without covering or weakening the voices, the orchestra spreads a polychrome grid – detailed by the composer with virtuosic skill – using a number of percussion instruments to create a rich palette of coulours, differenciated to the extreme, so that they almost create a sixth character, “like a second angel, without words.”

- Faustus premiere at Opera National de Lyon, March 9, 2006
- ANACLASE, 20/3/2006

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“Jonathan Stockhammer’s clear and concise conducting is an invaluable help in getting one’s bearings…”
- LES ECHOS, 20/3/2006

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“Brilliant balance, beautiful orchestra playing under conductor Jonathan Stockhammer.”
- DIAPASON, May 2006

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“Subtly and intelligently led by Jonathan Stockhammer, the Lyon orchestra sounds admirable…”
- RESMUSICA, 18/3/2006

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“Bruckner’s 6 th symphony got a great performance under the confident baton of Stockhammer. (…) This high-calibre group forms a community of chamber musicchamber music individualists, truly a dream ensemble.”

- Stavanger Symphony debut / 23 March 2006
- STAVANGER AFTENBLAD, 24/3/2006

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“As with all of the performances here, the playing of Ensemble Modern under Jonathan Stockhammer is astoundingly perfect, the sound brilliant and ideally suited to the material in both clarity and impact. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another decade for the next Zappa project from these forces, and that some enterprising conductor (Esa-Pekka Salonen perhaps?) will tackle the big orchestral works as well.”

- Zappa’s Greggery Peccary and other Persuasions with Ensemble
- Modern CLASSICS TODAY