New York Times, May 2016:
“the inspired players excelled in an ambitious program …The concert began with a fresh, lively account of Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 .. the orchestra played two demanding early 20th-century works after intermission: selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and Bartok’s Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin.” Both received exciting, colorful and fervent performances.
Musical America, May 2016:
[T]he Utah Symphony’s recent visit to Carnegie Hall prompts a mental rearrangement of the scoreboard of modern American orchestras… Thierry Fischer and his Salt Lake City band gave a performance as transporting as anything America’s more widely acknowledged cultural capitals have to offer…Utah offered precisionand warmth throughout the program, but seemed in every other respect to transform into a different orchestra as each composer required…The orchestra’s facility for animating these works (Bartok, Prokofiev) with the same bold vigor, as well as the more subtly delightful Haydn, and the dizzying new Norman made for a genuinely spectacular night out at the symphony.
New York Classical Review, April 2016:
The emotional import throughout seemed almost a transcription of Shakespeare’s play and the precision in their performance again made one wonder why rose the orchestra hadn’t played New York’s most famous hall for 40 years.
The lines [in the Haydn] were clear and played with spirit in the opening movement and in the alternating dance and battle march of the Andante second movement.