CONCERT REVIEW: OSESP - SÃO PAULO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Intense interpretation with beautiful sound quality . . . distinct dynamics, well-defined brass and high dramatic impact gave us a memorable performance. Neil Thomson conducts with wide, clear gestures, establishing good rapport with the players . . . verve and energy . . . an inspired performance. Neil Thomson was excellent in an excellent concert.
(Nelson Rubens Kunze writing in Revista Concerto, November 2015)
* * * * British conductor Neil Thomson led the São Paulo State Symphony with a firm hand. Clear gestures, broad but free from exhibitionism.
(João Marcos writing in O Estado, November 2015)
CD REVIEW: American Violin Concertos/Ittai Shapira/RLPO/Champs Hill Records
. . . a dazzling performance, underpinned by an authoritative Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Neil Thomson.
(Music Web International, September 2013)
CONCERT REVIEW: Brett Dean at the Cheltenham International Music Festival
Deft conducting by Neil Thomson brought out this work’s undoubted strengths.
(Seen & Heard, July 2010)
CONCERT REVIEW: Danielle de Niese Opera Gala/RTE Concert Orchestra
Under its regular guest conductor Neil Thomson, the RTE Concert Orchestra collectively dispatched the accompaniments with versatile, stylish aplomb and ensured that their own four numbers were immeasurably more than programme-fillers.
(Irish Times, August 2012)
CONCERT REVIEW: Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 9/Royal College of Music Sinfonietta
Thomson’s sovereign command over the work’s pacing and rhetoric and the touching concentration of its youthful players came into their own. I have never been more moved by a performance of this symphony.
(The Independent, January 2004)
CONCERT REVIEW: Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No. 1/Royal College of Music Sinfonietta
Thomson’s reading could never be called dull; he encouraged playing that whirred, wheezed, crashed and banged with abandon through the piece’s sequence of folk-inspired melodies . . . Thomson’s masterly handling.
(Seen & Heard, June 2006)
CONCERT REVIEW: Delius ‘Hassan’ Complete Incidental Music/Southbank Sinfonia
It fell to conductor Neil Thomson and the musicians of the Southbank Sinfonia to deliver the oriental exoticism and harmonic colour of the piece. Thomson faithfully reproduced the sound world conjured by Delius’s instrumentation and also managed to create a sense of the atmospheric moods and whip up the tensions of the more gruesome elements.
(The Guardian, July 2012)
A rare opportunity to hear the full score conducted with considerable insight by Neil Thomson.
(Seen & Heard International, July 2012)