Each note, phrase, and beat was carefully thought out, the pauses employed as they should be, true to form and making music in such a way that even those who despise Elgar were moved. When it comes to inspiring and rousing orchestral effects, the graceful, younger-than-his-fifty-years [conductor Jonathan Stockhammer] is surpassed by no one.
Die Rheinpfalz, Sigfrid Feeser, 18/01/2019
Jonathan Stockhammer made sure the music – equally complex on stage, in the orchestra pit, and from the speakers – was balanced throughout the auditorium. Both the two instrumental soloists and the divided Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra… had a firm grip on the music.
Westdeutsche Zeitung Wuppertal, 31/01/2017
His interpretation was compelling and dramatic... It was clear that Stockhammer knew what to do with the quality of the Wuppertal musicians. He broadened the horizons of the ensemble’s already lofty artistic plane and delivered taut and rich musical episodes.
WAZ, Dagmar Zschiesche, 14/12/2016
This music is rhythmically intricate, but uses standard harmony. It has a beat, it swings, and is highly infectious. One cannot understand this music through listening – rather, one deeply experiences it.
Exceptional. Excellent. Bold. An hour and ten minutes later, one leaves the opera different to how one came in, somewhat wiser and more unsettled.
RP online, 23/09/2016
Reich’s music, performed by only eight musicians under the baton of Jonathan Stockhammer, had a terrific unity with the narrated tales.
The distant reminiscence of Wagner’s Nibelheim motif in “Hindenburg”, the swan song of the industrial age, was exceptionally handled by Jonathan Stockhammer. (…) The musicians responded with remarkable enthusiasm.
Die deutsche Bühne, 19/09/2016
Conductor Jonathan Stockhammer leads the orchestra [NDR Sinfonieorchester] with verve through this exciting, apparently unstructured work [VARÈSE: "Déserts"], which stretches the musicians’ to their limits. Hamburger Abendblatt, 20/04/2015
The elaborate middle section under Stockhammer’s baton was highly entertaining. He illustrated the finesse of the score, displayed the music’s wide dynamic range and let the runs of the harmonic series shine.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 04/11/2014
Jonathan Stockhammer, the conductor, supervised a vibrant, exacting account of this complex, haunting work.
New York Times, 17/02/2013
Stockhammer exerted an iron control over the proceedings, so you could hear plenty of detail, even when the music was at its most violent.
The Guardian, 4/3/2012
Jonathan Stockhammer conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with a refinement of sound and ethereal sweetness.
Die Welt, 17/2/2010