Critical Acclaim for Wagner: ‘Parsifal’ with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

“The musical hero of the evening stood in the pit at the head of the Badische Staatskapelle.  Right from the start of the Prelude, Karlsruhe’s Music Director Justin Brown coaxed a luscious, velvet sound from his strings, held the dramatic tension across eloquent silences, and always remained sensitive to the balance with the singers.  Reverence and drama were not mutually exclusive in Brown’s conducting, and so by the end of the evening he had not only successfully furthered his Wagner cycle, but received from the audience the loudest ovation of all.” – … Continue Reading

Critical Acclaim for Justin Brown in Krása’s ‘Verlobung im Traum’ with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

“Music director Justin Brown conducts with sensitivity and taste, giving the work’s lush harmonies full scope without letting them lapse into kitsch. … Krása was a student of Zemlinsky, and you can hear that, alongside the influence of Czech folk music, jazz, popular idioms, Stravinsky and Wagner.” – Shirley Althorp, Financial Times Online, 10.26.14 “There is not a dull moment in the evening, largely because Justin Brown and the Badische Staatskapelle are alert to every colour and stylistic twist of this score, with its genial mix of jazz, Viennese schmaltz and complex counterpoint.  … Continue Reading

Critical Acclaim for Justin Brown in Mainly Mozart Orchestra Debut

[fap_default_playlist id=”67″]”“Before conducting Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony on Saturday’s concluding Mainly Mozart Festival concert at the Balboa Theatre, conductor Justin Brown told the near-capacity audience the Beethoven Fourth was his favorite symphony… In an impressive guest-conducting debut with Mainly Mozart, Brown prompted a life-affirming interpretation of the Fourth that was full of joy and high spirits. But more than that, under Brown’s baton it was also a model of nuance and precision… In fact, it is my new favorite symphony.”” – James Chute, U-T San Diego, 6.22.14

Critical Acclaim for Justin Brown in Wagner’s ‘Die Meistersinger’ at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

[fap_default_playlist id=”67″]“Justin Brown’s praises have been sung many times already in these pages; his Meistersingerreading is thrilling, many-layered, always focused on the musical flow and sensitive in the details.” – Eckhard Britsch, Opernetz.de, 4.30.14 “This Meistersinger bore all the hallmarks of Justin Brown, who with his always flexible conducting guaranteed a propulsively flowing and extraordinarily transparent Wagner interpretation.” – Thomas Weiss, Mannheimer Morgen, 4.30.14 “Justin Brown decidedly plays a central role [in the illuminating freshness of the production]: the musical energies are focused, rhythm and articulation are tight, the neo-baroque qualities of the music always transparently underlined, and the … Continue Reading

Critical Acclaim for Justin Brown in Grand Rapids

[fap_default_playlist id=”67″]“Brown’s podium performance was impressive, at times electrifying. Frequently he sifted through inner voices to find things worth exposing. Often he pushed the performance forward. Always he took a singer’s approach to leading the string section… Brown knows the Brahms [First Symphony] through and through. He conducted it from memory. Brown took his time, crafting slow buildups of tension in the first movement, allowing a plush sound to develop in the second, giving it a little more gas in the third. Even in the fourth movement, Brown gave understatement free reign for a … Continue Reading

Critical Acclaim for Justin Brown in Britten’s ‘Peter Grimes’ at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

[fap_default_playlist id=”67″]“Under Justin Brown the Badische Staatskapelle excelled itself, and plays the decisive part in the success of the evening.  You could hear in every bar how close this piece is to Brown’s heart as he spurred on and inspired every single participant.  Brown teased out every nuance of this masterpiece, all the harsh and bitter beauty of Britten’s poly-stylistic score, the violent outbursts just as much as the meditative moments, but also the ironically interpolated folkloric elements, such as the dance band music or the sea shanties, which were in his … Continue Reading

Critical Acclaim for Justin Brown in Bruckner’s Ninth with the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe

[fap_default_playlist id=”67″]“Justin Brown offered a highly dramatic Bruckner, full of energy and tension, its relatively flowing tempi freeing the tremendous symphonic eruptions from any danger of pseudo-religiosity.  Brown conducted a penetrating and finely detailed rendition of the score, always allowing the crucial voices and structural pillars their full worth.” – Karl Georg Berg, Die Rheinpfalz, 7.19.13

Justin Brown to Conduct German Premiere of ’48 Responses to Polymorphia’ by Jonny Greenwood and ‘Peter Grimes’

[fap_default_playlist id=”67″]Justin Brown will conduct the German premiere of Jonny Greenwood’s 48 Responses to Polymorphia by Radiohead musician and composer Jonny Greenwood with the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe on April 28-30, 2013. The performance also includes Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto featuring cellist Maximilian Hornung and Brahms Symphony No. 4. Brown’s 2013-2014 opera season at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe concludes with a new production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, directed by acclaimed opera director Christopher Alden. Performances take place on July 6, 12, and 18, 2013.