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
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
The realisation of this difficult and technically sophisticated score was only possible under the precise musical direction of Rundel.
El País, Blanca Cia, February 2017
The orchestral concert in the Herkulessaal was led by the wonderful Peter Rundel, and featured two world premieres as well as a modern classic.
NMZ – Neue Musikzeitung, Anna Schürmer, February 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
Peter Rundel leads the technically brilliant Radio Symphony Orchestra and the impressively masterful SWR-Vokalensemble to an emotionally moving interpretation.
Stuttgarter Zeitung, Markus Dippold, November 2015
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