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Benjamin Bayl

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Benjamin Bayl reviews


Ariodante, English Touring Opera (October 2009)
“Ariodante, conducted by Benjamin Bayl, held us in thrall… Try not to miss this touring delight.”
— Geoff Brown, The Times (4 stars)

“This is a thrilling evening in which vocal glories are matched by outstanding playing from ETOʼs baroque orchestra. Or, more accurately, thatʼs the excellent Benjamin Bayl, whose conducting is marked by flawless tempo choices and a precise ear for stage-pit balance… The three short hours of ETOʼs Ariodante are sheer bliss.”
www.whatsonstage.com

“Playing on period instruments, the ETO orchestra was skilfully conducted by Benjamin Bayl, whose tempi tended to be on the fast side but never lost momentum for a second. The orchestra produced some delightfully vibrant playing.“
–www.opera-britannia.com

“The baroque orchestra, beautifully controlled by conductor Benjamin Bayl, played with verve and precision… [There was] A great sense of empathy with the conductor, and tremendous rapport between pit and stage.“
www.musicalcriticism.com

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Symfoniorkester Norrlandsoperan (December 2009)
“An interpretation of both profundity and humility.”
— Västerbottens-Kuriren, Umeå

“A performance of the Christmas Oratorio with both subtlety and heart.”
— Folkbladet, Umeå

Aalborg Symphony Orchestra Debut (April 2010)
“Schumann’s “Spring Symphony” caught fire and came to life… the melodic phrases were carried forward with effortless and unerring musicality.”
— Nordjyske Avis

Orlando, Opera Australia (December 2008)
“Orchestra Victoria, under Benjamin Bayl… creates a stream of lyrical music-making.”
— John Slavin, The Age, Melbourne

“Under the baton of Benjamin Bayl, the glorious tones of Emma Matthews and Tobias Cole make for a winning combination.”
— The Age A2, Melbourne

“The superb look, the taut orchestra conducted by Benjamin Bayl and the beauty of Handelʼs score make this an intriguing production.”
— MCV

“Conductor Benjamin Bayl is supportive of his singers and Orchestra Victoria brings this exquisite baroque music to life.”
— Sunday Herald

“Talented young Australian conductor Benjamin Bayl leads Orchestra Victoria in this show dedicated to Richard Hickox.”
— Herald Sun

“Musically it is utterly gorgeous… that orchestra just knocked me out.”
www.onstagemelbourne.com.au

“Orchestra Victoria were in excellent form, led by conductor Benjamin Bayl at a fair clip… it’s remarkable how big a punch this production packs.“
— Patricia Maunder, artshub.com.au

Recording with Britten Sinfonia: Hindemith “Kammermusik no.7″ with Daniel Hyde (Signum Classics)
“The triumph of this disc is an extremely exciting account of Hindemith’s first organ concerto, the 1927 Kammermusik No. 7 with its brass-heavy chamber orchestra, by turns brazen, beefy and baleful. Throughout, incisive rhythmic articulation and clear delineation of line allows the music’s essential vitality to come through with the greatest possible impact. Highly recommended — 5 stars.“
— BBC Music Magazine * * * * *

“the artfully chosen programme is played with suavity and tenderness.“
— The Independent

“bracing combination of organ and chamber ensemble … Hindemith at his bubbliest.“
— The Sunday Times

“This disc positively sparkles! With such intelligent and innovative programming, it is the ideal introduction to Hindemith’s organ music.“
— Gramophone

Il Mondo Della Luna, Iford Festival (July 2006)
“Benjamin Bayl managed to find the heart of plenty of this music, some of which is pretty generic but which sometimes reaches into that proto-Schubert land where scoring, pathos and genuine soul find a still centre of great sweetness and depth.”
— Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now

Il Mondo Della Luna, Cambridge Festival (July 2009)
“Under Benjamin Baylʼs baton, the orchestra of Opera East gave it their polished, virtuosic, all.”
— Hannah Nepil, Opera Now

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with David Garrett and the RPO, Hampton Court Festival (June 2009)
“The eveningʼs classical indulgences began with a spirited performance of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.3 and Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks — minus the actual fireworks due to high winds, but conductor Benjamin Bayl ensured that the music more than made up for it.“
— Sky Arts