August 7, 2019

BBC Proms, London Royal Albert Hall

“Yet the conductor who vigorously steered this evening of luxurious period drama, Nathalie Stutzmann, would have made news even a decade ago. Some overdue revolutions soon become almost unnoticeable. (…) She led a trio of works [Brahms’ Tragic Overture, Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Mozart’s Requiem] that painted the Royal Albert Hall in ever-deeper layers of heroic grief and epic sorrow. It built into an emotional blow-out, or grande bouffe, in which the individual ingredients never lost their flavour or the chef her tight control. (…)
Stutzmann coaxed some fine, forest-dark sonorities from the all-important lower woodwinds (such as Lenny Sayers’s bass clarinet), and the Prelude crested and broke with a jolting force. As for the Liebestod, it lacked for nothing in swelling intensity, and Stutzmann throughout emphasised the drama rather than the languor as we rose inexorably towards its peaks. The cellos, led by Alice Neary, purred, glowed and pounced. After the earth duly moved, Stutzmann rightly stretched out the enraptured silence for the span of a long sigh. An old-fashioned spell of bliss, perhaps, but still an utter treat. (…)
Let’s hope she returns soon.”
Theartsdesk.com

June 18, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Kennedy Center

“[Nathalie Stutzmann] simply embodied the music. Her body swayed with the rhythm and grace of a dance, her expression rose and fell with the changing moods of the pieces, and her sharp breaths punctuated her conducting almost like another instrument. Indeed, a Stutzmann concert is worth seeing from a periphery seat; watching the conductor’s face and hands is almost as inspiring as listening to the music itself.
What made the NSO’s presentation of Mozart so memorable was not just its display of technical expertise (which it had), but its spirit of generosity. Each piece was performed not in a pompous or ostentatious manner, which would have been enough to impress but not to inspire. Stutzmann’s passion for conducting and for the music burst forth as she engaged with the orchestra, and the musicians responded in kind. It made for an experience in which the music was not just produced but given. It was Mozart at his best.”
The New Criterion

May 9, 2019

Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Kilden Performing Arts Centre

“I do not know what Stutzmann does to achieve her results. But first of all, she gets the musicians to be so dedicated, so devoted and so engaged that it shines a long way both for eyes and ears. In addition, she has a super control over the big lines, the shapes in the music, while the detail work is meticulous and extremely controlled.”
Fædrelandsvennen

March 9-10, 2019

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Powell Hall

“Inhabiting the score completely, Stutzmann stayed with her singers throughout; the phrasing was ideal, as was the balance between orchestral and choral musicians. Stutzmann is intense, clear and easy to follow; she understands every measure of this piece [Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem].”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch