Orchestral/Symphonic Reviews

The Washington Post

“Conductor Revzen pulled together all the elements into a cohesive structure that was, truly, greater than the sum of the already quite fine parts. The timing between movements, the tempos and the dynamics were all beautifully executed to create a single work out of the dozen individual sections. It was well-crafted and memorable performance.”
Ed Roberts, The Washington Post

“Joel Revzen is a graceful and intelligent conductor who pays attention to the smallest details. He is also a fine musician and adept at focusing listener’s attention on the individual voices of his orchestra so that they are lovingly underscored.”
A.U., The Washington Post

Arizona Republic

Kansas City Philharmonic

“Remarkably clear and specific in his gestures, Revzen tapped right into Schumann’s vein of nervous energy. He was no less specific in responding to – and expressing – the give and take of both harmonic and dramatic tensions.”

Kansas City Star

Kansas City Philharmonic

“Remarkably clear and specific in his gestures, Revzen tapped right into Schumann’s vein of nervous energy. He was no less specific in responding to – and expressing – the give and take of both harmonic and dramatic tensions.”

San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio Symphony
“Guest conductor Joel Revzen…after an impressive debut last year, brought sumptuous shape and vigor to a program of Bernstein, Bloch and Mendelssohn…with ample doses of Bloch’s personal brand of lyricism and rhythmic energy, Revzen led a stylish account, most notable for the spinning of long, beautifully shaped lines…”.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Verdi: Requiem
“…the entire reading led by Revzen was dramatic and musically authoritative.”
Minnesota Orchestra

Daily Tribune Classical Magazine

Mozart: Symphony No.34 in C:
“Maestro Revzen, who skillfully conducted the program worked to bring out the best phrasing and ensemble work of the evening in this closing section. The performance was first rate…”
St Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Buffalo News

Britten: War Requiem:
“…but the performance of Joel Revzen and company is why the Tuesday morning reprise should be on the calendars of all Western New York classical aficionados who didn’t see it yesterday and can make it to King Hall before the baton waves.”
G. Mactaggart

Palm Beach Daily News

“…the Philharmonic and Revzen have a reading [of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast] full of vigor and tragedy, deserving the standing ovation that followed their performance.”

Florida Philharmonic, M. Bezerra

Albany Times-Union

Stravinsky: The Firebird
“Revzen got some of the finest playing this season from the ASO in the Stravinsky. In fact, the whole ‘Firebird’ was a feather in Revzen’s cap. From the mutterings in the low strings and the woods at the beginning through the lightness of the scherzo until the end, Revzen created with the orchestra the orchestra the extraordinary enchanted world of Russian fairy tale, musically part Tchaikovsky but intensely individual.”
Albany Symphony Orchestra

General Comments

FARGO-MOORHEAD SYMPHONY
HEADLINE: Revzen Did Excellent Work Here
“His [Revzen’s] work in Fargo-Moorhead has been historic.”

“He demanded excellence and got it. He inspired confidence among the musicians; they melded into an orchestra brimming with justifiable pride in its work. Today, orchestra patrons expect superior perform­ances of the most challenging works in the classical repertoire. Revzen’s playbills have given lovers of the form a dozen years of ever-improving musical moments. What more can a music director do?

In Revzen’s case, far more. His stage presence was an integral element in the subscription series of weekend concerts. He shared his knowledge of music and composers with audiences in a style that put even the most musically challenged persons in a comfort zone. As a result, he helped bring more and more people into the heady realm of good music.

Furthermore, Revzen and symphony managers brought to Fargo-Moorhead a perennial parade of world-class musicians and ensembles.”

“We wish the maestro all the best as he continues to make his mark on the world of classical music. He certainly made his mark here, and we appreciate his 11 seasons of hard work, dedication and especially his faith in the musical life of the community.
Editorial Staff, The Forum (Fargo), April 14, 2002