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James Gaffigan

  • Conductor


James Gaffigan press reviews

"Gaffigan's natural musicality and clear intentions guarantee that the artistic experience is compelling." Plain Dealer, Cleveland

National Arts Centre Orchestra, February 2010
...It would be hard to find too much praise to heap on last night’s account of it. It was poised and eloquent, yet it maintained the colour and excitement inherent in the score. The orchestra has rarely sounded better engaged and balanced. Gaffigan’s understanding of the symphony’s shape and progression could hardly have been better. The slow movement in particular was beautifully wrought and the fluctuations of light and dark in the scherzo were utterly lovely.

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

National Symphony Orchestra highlights Russian composers in its concert

…Gaffigan is a rising star, the newly appointed (last month) chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He showed the talent and the room for growth one might expect, or even hope for, in a young artist. He had a lot of energy without getting carried away. Entrances, so often a weak point with this orchestra, were firm; his tempos quick. He avoided the goop as well, and his feeling for timbre was excellent; the orchestra was showcased time and again, starting in the first movement's second theme with the sinuous rivulets of winds that keep darting down the surface of the music…

Anne Midgette, Washington Post, 19 February 2010