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John Nelson press reviews

Reviews: July 09 Beethoven Festival with AYO

Given an opportunity to show off their talents, the Australian Youth Orchestra – under the baton of acclaimed American conductor John Nelson – gave a thrilling performance that could have been reasonably demanded from a much more experienced orchestra. It is always possible to compare styles of conducting and Nelson does convey an energy that seems youthful, forceful and challenging, but it is a direction clearly appreciated and respected by the members of the orchestra.

Graham Strahle, The Independent - 24 July 2009

Nelson conducts with great physicality, throwing himself into the work and bringing out the very best in these remarkable young players. Take a bow, AYO; this was a very impressive performance.

Diana Carroll, The Independent - 27 July 2009

A crisp, neatly performed Symphony No. 8 left no doubt about Nelson’s focus on rhythm. With succinctly worked themes, cropped note lengths and heavily accented off-beats, it scored highly on energy and excitement, most of all in the Allegro vivace’s finale.

Graham Strahle, The Australian - 28 July 2009