Rave Reviews from ‘Das Rheingold’ for Justin Brown

“Justin Brown… proves an ideal Wagner interpreter, his performance symphonic, well-paced, and sensitively balanced.”

– Lotte Thaler, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 7.13.16

“Justin Brown, who has already conducted the Ring several times in Karlsruhe, makes of Rheingold exactly what Wagner wanted: a conversation piece with flowing parlando and pointed accents. It often sounds like chamber music. Brown not infrequently holds the orchestra back, in order to be able then to unleash the crucial dramatic moments to great passionate effect. This is a powerfully eloquent Wagner, the conductor eliciting from the Staatskapelle a taut and many-hued performance.”

– Karl Georg Berg, Die Rheinpfalz, 7.11.16

“Justin Brown conducted with a wonderful sense of flow, masterful in his command of time and space, rhetorically brilliant, full toned and intensely coloured.”

– Karl Harb, Salzburger Nachrichten, 7.16.16

“Justin Brown presented a fascinating traversal of Rheingold; he keeps the score constantly in flux, closely following the singers’ phrasing, since for him this music is shaped by the conversation of heroes, or rather anti-heroes.”

– Eckhard Britsch, Mannheimer Morgen, 7.19.16

“GMD Justin Brown presented an interpretation full of life, rich with colours and brisk tempos. Brown deftly avoided covering the singers, so they were able to project without forcing.  The Karlsruhe Rheingold is musically flawless.”

– Nike Luber, Badisches Tagblatt, 7.11.16

“The musical side of the evening is of high quality.  The conducting of Karlsruhe Music Director Justin Brown is light-footed, luminous, very precise and responsive to the parlando of the text.”

– Susanne Benda, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 7.11.16

“Musically the evening is on the highest level.  The Badische Staatskapelle under Justin Brown binds the individual scenes together with a broad, epic soundscape;  they drive the fast-moving drama forwards, allowing the characterful singer ensemble to shine.”

– Christine Gehringer, Pamina Magazin, 7.19.16