Testimonials

"Mahler's eighty-minute final symphony is a work of haunting beauty. In Sloane´s sensitive and expressive interpretation as conductor, the marvel of timbres, polyphony, and symphonic structures was developed to perfection. And the canon of moods – drama and conflict, grief and tenderness – was kept in remarkable balance. […]Stunning! Given this bold performance, one nearly forgot that the exquisite graciousness with which the evening began."

Jürgen Boebers-Süßmann / WESTDEUTSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, 12/3/2018

"The opera and museum orchestra inevitably played an authoritative role once again in the inspiring experience of the (second) revival of this opera. Steven Sloane stood at the podium, with a good view on his former job as first conductor (nearly thirty years ago). With great oversight and passion, he led his orchestra through the demands of the dense task, making for delicate strings and dense, powerful brass."

Matthias Gerhart / FRANKFURTER NEUE PRESSE, 29/5/2018

"Under the direction of Steven Sloane, the Latvian State Choir sang and Bochum Symphony Orchestra played with solemn serenity appropriate to the occasion, with a nearly ominous air, as though each individual groaned under the weight of such musical responsibility. Musically, it was less meditative than tremulous, piercing, reproachful."

Peter Jungblut / BR KLASSIK, 06/09/2019

"Mahler's eighty-minute final symphony is a work of haunting beauty. In Sloane´s sensitive and expressive interpretation as conductor, the marvel of timbres, polyphony, and symphonic structures was developed to perfection. And the canon of moods – drama and conflict, grief and tenderness – was kept in remarkable balance. […]Stunning! Given this bold performance, one nearly forgot that the exquisite graciousness with which the evening began."

Jürgen Boebers-Süßmann / WESTDEUTSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, 12/3/2018

"The opera and museum orchestra inevitably played an authoritative role once again in the inspiring experience of the (second) revival of this opera. Steven Sloane stood at the podium, with a good view on his former job as first conductor (nearly thirty years ago). With great oversight and passion, he led his orchestra through the demands of the dense task, making for delicate strings and dense, powerful brass."

Matthias Gerhart / FRANKFURTER NEUE PRESSE, 29/5/2018

"Under the direction of Steven Sloane, the Latvian State Choir sang and Bochum Symphony Orchestra played with solemn serenity appropriate to the occasion, with a nearly ominous air, as though each individual groaned under the weight of such musical responsibility. Musically, it was less meditative than tremulous, piercing, reproachful."

Peter Jungblut / BR KLASSIK, 06/09/2019

"The orchestra's performance of the opera under its first new guest conductor Steven Sloane shows a renewed freshness. Élan and verve are evident in both the orchestral and choral parts."

Lennart Bromander / AFTONBLADET, 05/02/2019

"The house orchestra, under guest conductor Steven Sloane, executes the score’s broad palette of textures with impressive attention to nuance and balance, from gongs that crash in the outer aisles, to detuned, mocking flutes, to squealing brass. It may not always be a pleasant journey, but Reimann’s Medea offers the listener no escape."

Rebecca Schmid / FINANCIAL TIMES,23/5/2017