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DANIEL SPALDING
CONDUCTOR / DIRECTOR

CONCERT REVIEWS

 

GROUP DAZZLES WITH PRECISION, FLAIR (headline)

“Excitement was the key word at the Kravis Center Sunday evening, when the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra presented a fiery program…
The ensemble of strings left nothing to be desired…
The audience loved its performance, as evidenced by the shouts heard as the music ended …(they) gave a standing ovation. They recognized that they had heard a very unusual program of familiar and unfamiliar works played with precision and flair by a highly skilled ensemble…This spirited romp was nothing short of breathtaking.”

PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS , FLORIDA , USA


“Conductor Daniel Spalding found a lovely, buoyant pulse that made the music sing…the exotic, staggering beauty of Mahler was conveyed with amazing precision and concentration.”

CITY PAPER, PHILADELPHIA , USA

 
“The coordinator of this interpretation, full of sonorous fantasy, was the American Daniel Spalding, a young maestro, but self assured, colorful, and full of fire.”

TELEGRAF, CONSTANZA , ROMANIA

 
“Daniel Spalding and the orchestra performed with extraordinary virtuosity.”

VOCE VAI, CAMPOS DOS JORDAO, BRAZIL

 
“Breathtaking…a well deserved encore and several curtain calls.”

THE ROYAL GAZETTE, BERMUDA

 
“The musicians under Daniel Spalding seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience members were…the performance was marvelous.”

THE TIMES, TRENTON , NEW JERSEY , USA

 
“The conductor directed the orchestra in a spontaneous manner and with great ease…the audience was moved by a performance full of passion, lyricism, and warmth.”

NOWA TRYBUNA OPOLESKA , POLAND

 
“Spalding's execution was excellent throughout the evening and helped generate three encores.”

THE HAWKEYE, BURLINGTON , IOWA , USA

 
“Under the baton of their conductor, Daniel Spalding, the ballet Carmen resulted in a vibrant exploration of these well-traveled melodies and rhythms.  Palpitating, vigorous, with impeccable cohesion and tuning, this first piece by the Virtuosi was received with great enthusiasm.”

HEARALD, MIAMI , FLORIDA , USA


“The 26 th Bermuda Festival got off to a rousing start with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra's performance. Mr. Spalding led a score that was at turns languid, fast and fierce…Overall, this is as rocking as one would imagine a chamber orchestra could get—a fact underscored by the long, standing ovation that closed the evening.”

BERMUDA SUN, BERMUDA


“Under American conductor Daniel Spalding, the transparency intrinsic in a chamber orchestra was delivered in detailed nuances…This was not just a concert, it was a fulfillment of what fine music making really means. Let's bring the Philadelphia Virtuosi back soon. It is magnificent.”

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUN , CALIFORNIA , USA

 

PHILADELPHIA VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA PROVES ARTFUL, ENERGETIC (headline)
“The performance of the orchestra as a whole was of the highest quality throughout this most artful of pieces, and Spalding's conducting throughout the evening was subtle, nuanced and showed perfect command of this mostly young, masterful ensemble.”

 READING EAGLE , PENNSYLVANIA , USA

 

 

  CD REVIEWS:

 “Spalding secures a zestful performance.”

GRAMOPHONE [Editor's Choice]

 
“One of the Top 10 Classical CDs of 2001”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 
“Spalding gives a stunningly tight performance,
captivating the audience throughout.”

LONDON OBSERVER

 
“Daniel Spalding leads…an exhilaratingly energetic and stunningly well-synchronized performance.”

FANFARE

 
“Spalding and his Philadelphians are feisty… refined and reflective.”

BBC RADIO 3

 
“Spalding secures execution that is gallant in feeling, stylish in its turn of phrase, and yet underpinned by real affection.”

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

 
“Spalding and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra play these diverse works with affection and relish…A winner in every respect.”

CLASSICS TODAY

 
“Daniel Spalding directs an accomplished performance, clearly articulated, with plenty of vitality…excellent ensemble playing and intonation of the Philadelphia ensemble…the recording is sympathetic and atmospheric, one of the best that Naxos has produced.”

CLASSICAL MUSIC WEB


“This [Mendelssohn Octet ] is a bright, airy, breezy, but crisply articulated performance. The first moving and never gets bogged down. Mr. Spalding and his players know where they're supposed to go with it. The Andante is warm and lyrical—a gentle song without words. The scherzo is lightly textured but elfin and whimsical, just as Mendelssohn meant it to be…The finale is all busting youthful energy and unclouded exuberance. This is a beautiful performance.”

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

 
“a real success…a delight, full of fresh ideas… highly polished”

PIANOFORTE , UK