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Jurjen Hempel

  • Conductor


About Brian Ferneyhough - Shadowtime (Lincoln Center Festival)

The choristers from the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the musicians from the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, brilliantly conducted by Jurjen Hempel ...
New York Times / Antoni Tommasini (July 2005)
... the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam under Jurjen Hempel come formidably close to achieving the impossible. ...
Financial Times / Shirley Apthorp (March 2004)

About Pierre Boulez - ...explosante-fixe... (Holland Festival, Amsterdam)

After the intermission the musicians and the excellent conductor Jurjen Hempel performed ...explosante-fixe... The impact was indescribable. What colours, what energy and what poetry. The performance of the year!
Het Parool / Erik Voermans (June 2006)

About Gustav Mahler - Symphony no.5 (Conservatoire, Brussels)

The amazingly high level that Hempel has reached with the Netherlands Students Orchestra is beyond belief.
De Morgen / (Rudy Tambuyser (February 2007)

About Louis Andriessen - The Republic (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)

Conducted by Jurjen Hempel, I have seldom heard the London Sinfonietta blaze so passionately, relishing the volume, colour, harmonic and rhythmic austerity of Andriessen's fiendish "muscular minimalism". A total triumph.
The Independent / Anette Morreau (November 2005)
... Jurjen Hempel's shattering performance of Louis Andriessen's "The Republic" which confirmed the piece as one of the most powerful in contemporary music
The Guardian / Tom Servic (November 2005)

About The North Netherlands Orchestra - The Harmony, Leeuwarden

All praise to conductor Jurjen Hempel. Under his accurate hands we heard a passionate and clear Beethoven and a not less fiery and poetic Firebird by Stravinsky.
The Leeuwarder Courant / Oene W. Nijdam (feb. 2005)

About Het Gelders Orkest - Musi Sacrum, Arnhem, Holland

The Gelders Orkest can call themselves lucky to regularly work with Jurjen Hempel. Each time he stands in front of the orchestra an electrifying energy springs from him.
De Gelderlander / Paul Vergeest (July 2003)

About the Netherlands Youth Orchestra - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

... they play with a remarkable discipline which liberates genuine expressiveness. String tone is mature and assured, with a wonderful blend and depth of tone; and in the calm authoritive yet modest Jurjen Hempel they have a conductor of inspirational gifts.
Birmingham Post / Christopher Morley (August 2003)

About The Netherlands Student Orchestra - Le Sacre du Printemps. Utrecht, Holland

A gutsy choice from conductor Jurjen Hempel resulting in an almost Olympic achievement, which could be compared to the best orchestras in Holland.
Utrechts Nieuwsblad (February 2003)

About Zappa - 200 Motels The Suites, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Jurjen Hempel's superior performance drew a long and standing ovation from the audience.
Trouw / Anthony Fiumara (June 2000)
With the precision of a metronome and with the energy of a rock-star Jurjen Hempel whipped the orchestra through all rhythmical ambushes.
BN de Stem / (June 2000)

About The North Holland Philharmonic - Philharmonie, Haarlem (Holland)

... the way in which Hempel conducted Bartok's Four Orchestral Pieces was deeply admirable. Hempel performed this music with a great feeling for expression and colour, with an ideal understanding of every movement.
Algemeen Dagblad / Doron Nagan (May 2000)