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Thomas Sondergard

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Thomas Søndergård press reviews

" Puccini's Tosca in Willy Decker's 12-year old staging receives a spectacular performance with the young Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård on the rostrum... Both in the highly dramatic and exciting second act and in the heart-rending finale the orchestra performed with the greatest precision and power."

Stuttgart Staatsoper, Tosca: June 2010
Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung

"Supported to the hilt by Thomas Søndergård and his outstanding Cologne orchestra, Frange weaves an emotional narrative that is utterly spellbinding...The Humoresques are no less revelatory, making the perfect end to a luminously engineered disc that is surely bound for classic status."

The Strad review of EMI Disc, Julian Haylock March 2010

"The WDR Symphony Orchestra under conductor Thomas Søndergård accompany with consummate, wholly reciprocal incisiveness in what is clearly a meeting of musical minds."

BBC Review of EMI Disc, Michael Quinn Feb 2010

"Frang’s subtle artistry and secure technique receives world-class support from the conductor Thomas Søndergård and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra." ****

Geoff Brown, The Times, 6th February 2010
EMI Classics release of Sibelius and Prokofiev

"Forget Scandinavian cool, Søndergård is hot-blooded...His dynamic approach was very much to the liking of the BBCNOW players, who willingly turned up the heat in response, the strings in particular. The Sibelius had plenty of character...Brahms' Fourth Symphony had passion - a truly Beethovenian Scherzo with the timpani ensuring a hard rhythmic edge....In accompanying soloist Roderick Williams in Mahler's song-cycle Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Søndergård showed his real credentials, balancing textures and moods with a deft touch."

Rian Evans, The Guardian, 4 December 2009
Søndergård's debut with BBC NOW

"The physical energy that the Danish conductor, Thomas Søndergård, put into the performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 11 was staggering. There was a full orchestra for this hour long piece and many a time every instrument was playing - but all firmly under the conductor’s control. Gripping throughout it was clear that the Royal Scottish National Orchestra enjoyed every moment of their playing of it and in turn gave the audience huge pleasure.This really was an exhilarating concert."

Barnaby Miln, Edinburgh Guide, 14 Nov 2009
Søndergård' s debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

"With the alert young Danish conductor Thomas Sondergard replacing the indisposed Russian Yakov Kreizberg at the helm of the RSNO, it made a powerful impression in Glasgow on Saturday. The din, where Shostakovich demanded it, was tremendous."

Conrad Wilson, The Scottish Herald, 14 Nov 2009
Sondergard conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

"After experiencing Thomas Søndergård's first concert as their [NRK]Principal Conductor, we can only pray that it will last a long time. The music [Dvorak] spoke directly to the listener with much warmth, which characterized Søndergård's handling of the piece... [he] has the rare ability to emphasize the contrasts in the music. Dvorak opened up to us without artificial unnecessary effects - almost how Pierre Boulez would have done it, only warmer and with more light.

"The new relationship [Søndergånd and NRK] has the potential to rival  the Oslo Philharmonic and Opera Orchestra and should inspire all three of them!"

Hild Borchgrevinck, Aftenposten, September 2009
Norwegian Radio Orchestra, opening of 2009 Season.

"And the icing on the cake for this joyous occasion was the elegant, unflashy but so-effective conducting of Thomas Søndergård – someone to watch out for."

Birmingham Post, October 2006
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

"He is a sensation. He handles the complex score with supreme skill. Elegantly and securely he caresses the orchestra and the chorus and carries the soloists forward with light hands. He is one of the best things that have happened to the art of opera for many years."
Borsen, March 2005
Royal Danish Opera Kafka's Trial March 2005