Both precise and energetic, Peter Rundel never loses his remarkable flexibility. He guarantees the flow and comprehensibility of the musical statement – even in the third section, in which paradoxical rhythms generate endless changes in tempo [...].
Diapason, Pierre Rigaudière, January 2020
With [Xenakis], the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Peter Rundel opened its enchanting guest performance in the Elbphilharmonie.
Die Welt, Lutz Lesle, December 2019
The Yekaterinburg violinist Leonid Orlov sang the praises of conductor Peter Rundel, whom he compared to a general who motivates his army with encouragement and kindness. The result of this became clear in the performance of Johannes Brahms’ majestically dynamic Third Symphony, which has rarely been heard with such a chamber-music-like quality of breath, transparent and at the same time radiant. From a multitude of free individuals, guided by a strong will with gentle reins, so, too, the andante seems to meekly ask for affection and a simple song in the allegretto develops into a tragic rhapsody.
FAZ, Kerstin Holm, July 2019
A highly expressive, masterfully orchestrated work, which at the premiere under the excellent direction of Peter Rundel exerted an inexorable pull – a tour de force performance from the choir and orchestra of the Flemish Opera.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Marco Frei, 29.04.2019
The music is full of contracting and expanding gestures. Turbulent eddies encounter black holes, leaving the audience dizzy. The conductor Peter Rundel and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra always kept the elemental forces of the work firmly in their grip.
Rondo Classic, Harri Kuusisaari, February 2019
With the performance of in vain, Remix and their outstanding chief conductor Peter Rundel shared a moment that will go down in the annals of the ensemble and the Casa da Música, one that will remain absolutely unforgettable for many present. It was utterly, unequivocally extraordinary!
Público, Augusto M. Seabra, January 2018
A masterpiece to finish: Béla Bartók’s Music for string instruments, percussion and celesta. Finely woven fugues in the strings, intricate rhythms and swift tempi provided another challenge for the orchestra. Thanks to the emotionally inspiring and precise direction of conductor Peter Rundel, the musicians took great delight in a superb performance.
Saarbrücker Zeitung, Helmut Fackler, May 2017
Never, in the history of criticism, has there been an opening concert of Ars Musica that has generated so much enthusiasm, pleasure and amazement. (...) A stunning experience, receiving a standing ovation from a jubilatory hall; the result of an excellent job by the Brussels Philharmonic under German conductor Peter Rundel.
La Libre, Martine D. Mergeay, November 2016
Flexible, dynamic and conscious of the colours, Rundel honoured the impressionistic persuasiveness [of Ravel’s Daphne et Chloé] with a celebration of beautiful sounds, in which the wind section played a special role.
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Klaus Albrecht, November 2015
The performance by Ensemble musikFabrik, a brilliant contemporary-music group from Germany, conducted by Peter Rundel, in a dazzling staging conceived and directed by Carlus Padrissa, is a triumphant realisation of a challenging work.
The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, July 2013
Under the emphatic, level-headed direction of Peter Rundel, Xenakis’s score is brought to hundreds of urban listeners, all drawn into the tale in a way they would not have been in a conventional opera house.
Financial Times, Shirley Apthorp, May 2011
The power of the music is shockingly great, it awakens the Greek tragedy in all its essentiality that burrows deep into the blood. (…) Peter Rundel, this magician of new sounds, conducts with swing, verve, energy.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Reinhard J. Brembeck, May 2011