Reviews

“Full plaudits go to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Anthony Gabriele. They deserved the standing ovation at the end. Gabriele clearly relished the performance with a relaxed conducting style, full of the kind of personality and style which would be worthy of 007 himself. The scale of the event didn’t phase him or the orchestra.”   

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Charlie McKenzie

Sci-Fi Bulletin, 19/11/2022

“ . . . conducted by the gifted Anthony Gabriele, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed the world premiere of Thomas Newman’s 2015 score for the James Bond film Spectre, played live and synchronised to a screening of the movie . . . [and] deliver magnificently . . . The applause and standing ovation only defining [the audience’s] appreciation and fondness for this classic music, wonderfully and flawlessly performed.”   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lucy Bex

jonathanbazreviews, 22/11/2022

“It’s Another Hit for the Royal Albert Hall “

“It’s been a decade since James Bond visited the Royal Albert Hall on his way to Skyfall. The Academy-decorated film is finally back after its premiere ten years ago for their Films in Concert Series. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Anthony Gabriele, Skyfall is part of the Hall’s 60th-anniversary celebrations of the Bond franchise ,.. Dramatic horns and strings, punctuating percussions, and delicate violins follow Bond from Istanbul’s rooftops to his childhood home in the Scottish Highlands …”   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cindy Marcolina

Broadway WORLD, 18/11/2022

“A Truly Immersive and Satisfying Treat”

“An indefatigable Anthony Gabriele shows his wealth of experience in these concerts. He gracefully conducts a sparkling Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who bring truly elegant strings, resonant drums and slick brass to the music. . . . There is also nuance in the score along with the tension and drama and Gabriele dips the pace beautifully with the deceptively simple piano in Vesper’s shower scene.”   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Aliya Al-Hassan

Broadway WORLD, 17/11/2022

“A Magical Performance of a Magical Score”

“…Conducted by an animated Anthony Gabriele and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the film and its music was shown off in all its glory...

…Gabriele has vast experience of conducting orchestras to films and it shows. He brought out all the drama and nuance of the score, almost dancing as he energetically led an orchestra in sparkling form …The famous opening fanfare was glorious; evoking all the fantasy and power of the film as the music shimmers through the theme. It was bold and rousing, bringing the concept of a true superhero to life…(and) in the famous scene where Superman picks up Lois to take her flying with him, the orchestra takes the music sweeping and soaring in beautiful tandem.”    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Aliya Al-Hassan

Broadway WORLD, 26/06/2022

“Yet again, accomplished maestro  Anthony Gabriele picked up his baton to conduct a cracking orchestra, delivering the cracking score of a cracking movie….

…For one night only at the Royal Albert Hall, he offered a rare chance to see Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman, …for the first time in the UK, with John Williams’ legendary score played live in accompaniment. The score is so evocative and impressive that even as the opening credits, along with the final bars of Williams’ accompanying opening theme faded, the audience burst into spontaneous applause… 

…at the Royal Albert Hall last night the deserved stars of the evening were Williams, Gabriele, and the 80+ strong ensemble of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra…”    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jonathan Baz

jonathanbazreviews, 26/06/2022

“…The musicians responded mightily to Gabriele’s impeccable conducting: the brass were in full vigour, but never over the top; woodwinds added beautiful shimmering textures; strings were tight and in perfect harmony; percussion always entered at the right spot, accenting all the needed hits. In a nutshell, a true pitch-perfect performance rivalled only by the original film recording conducted by the composer himself… The audience exploded in a roaring applause, cheering the City Light Symphony Orchestra and Anthony Gabriele for almost ten minutes of thunderous clapping…”

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Maurizio Caschetto

The Legacy of John Williams, 03/05/2022

“Please listen to the entire podcast – you will learn so much and enjoy every minute in this interview with conductor Anthony Gabriele. Absolutely brilliant!!!

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Frank Heckel

Docent SAE Frankfurt, 01/05/2022

“…Gabriele is a master of synchronising an orchestra’s live performance to the unforgiving fixed demands of a movie screening and his coaxing the aural beauty of the Philharmonia’s talent, opened up new layers of nuance to this wonderful fable...

…The Philharmonia are of course world-class, and their delivery of William’s score [for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial] was flawless … This combination of a classic film, projected over the heads of the players and instruments of one of the finest orchestras around and all helmed under Gabriele’s masterful baton, created an evening that that was simply out of this world!”    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jonathan Baz

jonathanbazreviews, 04/04/2022

“…We must emphasize once again the presence of Maestro Anthony Gabriele, who has been able to bring to a successful conclusion the interpretation of a complex audiovisual work, novel for its unusual interpretation and structure, and of millimetric adjustment. Maestro Gabrielle is already a clear connoisseur of the tactics and techniques of synchrony of live concerts on the projected audiovisual. In addition, the orchestra works comfortably with him: he is an enthusiastic person, knowledgeable of the craft, with an extensive interpretative background in charge of the best international orchestras, and with a character that makes you want more and more of his wit and energy…”

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“…Debemos destacar una vez más la presencia del maestro Anthony Gabriele que ha sabido llevar a buen puerto la interpretación de un audiovisual complejo, novedoso por lo poco habitual de su interpretación y estructura, y de ajuste milimétrico. El maestro Gabrielle es ya un claro conocedor de las tácticas y técnicas de sincronía de los conciertos en vivo sobre el audiovisual proyectado. Además, la orquesta trabaja cómoda con él: es una persona entusiasta, conocedora del oficio, con un extenso bagaje interpretativo a cargo de las mejores orquestas internacionales, y con un carácter que hace querer más y más de su ingenio y energía…”

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Pablo Laspra

SoundTrackFest, 08/05/2022

“…I know this film [Psycho] so well, but to hear and see the ingenuity of Herrmann’s writing up close is extraordinary, especially when the Zürcher Kammerorchester is guided so magnificently by a true film music expert, Anthony Gabriele.”

 

Daniel Hope
Music Director, Zürcher Kammerorchester, 10/03/2022

“Again and again, Ronan Keating admitted that the concert series of the City Light Symphony Orchestra was of special importance for him emotionally: The CLSO interprets his tracks exactly as he heard them in his inner ear during the songwriting. The harmony between Keating, Anthony Gabriele and the Luzerner Orchestra was perfect. […] City Light Symphony Orchestra interpreted the Keating classics in a wonderful way.”

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Yannic Lüönd
central plus,  17/10/2021

“The orchestra, in an all-string formation, was very successful in all the dynamics and tempi of its performance. Thanks to an ancient form of synchronization based on an analog clock on maestro Gabriele‘s music stand to mark the tempos, [the brilliant conductor] obtained a tight synchronization, and a sharp reinforcement of the key moments.

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“La orquesta, en una formación sólo de cuerdas, estuvo acertadísima en todas las dinámicas y tempi de su interpretación. Gracias a una antigua forma de sincronización basada en un reloj analógico en el atril del maestro Gabriele para marcar los tempos, [al brillante director] obtuvo una ajustada sincronización, y un refuerzo de los momentos claves realmente milimetrado.

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Pablo Laspra Ferrero

SoundTrackFest, 15/11/2020

Anthony Gabriele is an orchestra conductor who dominates the nuances, who understands the orchestra and knows how to feel it, who knows how to convey to each instrument and performer its meaning, and give confidence and integrate his/her contribution in a wonderful way with the rest of the orchestra, without forgetting a nuance, that contributes to the global sensation. And with the work of Bernard Herrmann, fascinating, intoxicating, subtle, magical, and above all, complicated, extremely complicated, that is not an easy task.
However, the performance echoed excitingly, bringing us into the mind of John “Scottie” Ferguson, just as the composer modelled, rising us from our seats in his ascension dominated by the Vertigo, to the tower of the Spanish mission, freezing our breath with the Kiss between Madelyne and Scottie while the central theme explodes for the first time in all its glory, with a string section combining power, lyricism, and dramatic tension in an unusual balance.”

Anthony Gabriele es un director de orquesta que domina los matices, que comprende a la orquesta y la sabe sentir, que sabe trasladar a cada instrumento e intérprete su importancia y dotarlo de confianza e integrar su aportación de forma maravillosa con el resto, sin olvidar ni un matiz, que ni un arabesco se difumine sin aportar a la sensación global. Y con la obra de Bernard Herrmann, fascinante, embriagadora, sutil, mágica, y sobre todo complicada, sumamente complicada, eso no es tarea fácil.
Sin embargo la interpretación resonó emocionante, haciéndonos entrar en la mente de John “Scottie” Ferguson, tal y como el compositor modeló, levantándonos de la butaca en su ascensión dominada por el Vértigo a la torre de la misión española, congelándonos el aliento con el beso entre Madelyne y Scottie mientras el tema central explota por primera vez en toda su gloria, con una sección de cuerda aunando poderosa, lirismo y tensión dramática en inusitado equilibrio.”

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Asier G. Senarriaga

SoundTrackFest, 04/03/2020

“La Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae, sin ningún tipo de amplificación, resonó por todo el Teatro Coliseum con una fuerza desbordante y con un enorme control sobre la música de Gershwin, caracterizada por esa mezcla de la orquestación sinfónica europea, el aura de broadway en todas las harmonías y melodías más afines al jazz que a la música clásica. Anthony Gabriele dirigió a la OCM con maestría, logrando un lirismo orquestales y a su vez un sonido Big Band realmente auténticos.”

“The Orquestra Simfònica Camera Musicae, without any kind of amplification, resounded throughout the Coliseum Theatre with an overwhelming force and with an enormous control over Gershwin’s music, characterised by that mixture of European symphonic orchestration, the aura of broadway in all the harmonies and melodies more akin to jazz than to classical music. And Anthony Gabriele masterfully conducted the OCM, achieving an orchestral lyricism and at the same time a truly authentic Big Band sound.”

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Marc Musquera

La Musa Que Era, 17/02/2020

“Selten spielt bei Filmvorführungen mit Livemusik der grosse Raum des Konzertsaals so kongenial mit wie an diesem Wochenende beim Blockbuster «The Beauty and the Beast» aus dem Jahr 2017… Da drehen sich die Bilder kaleidoskopisch und nehmen die Zuschauer mit auf eine visuelle Achterbahnfahrt, die hochzuschiessen scheint zu den Sternen des Konzertsaals und im Sturzflug abtaucht ins Parkett…wobei das City Light Symphony Orchestra unter der Leitung von Anthony Gabriele den Sound immer wieder zu Raserei und ins Ekstatische steigert.

…Menken nutzt zwar rasch und manchmal masslos die bekannten Mittel des Genres, um gewaltige Klanglandschaften aufzutürmen…Auf der anderen Seite aber bietet die Partitur ausgesprochen kammermusikalische Feinheiten. Dass man all das so lebendig hören kann, zeigt, auf welch hohem Niveau an diesem Abend musiziert wird…”

“Rarely does the huge concert hall play such a congenial role in film screenings with live music as on this weekend’s blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” from 2017… The images turn kaleidoscopically and take the audience on a visual roller coaster ride that seems to shoot up to the stars of the concert hall and plunges into the parquet floor…[whilst]…the City Light Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Gabriele repeatedly raises the sound to frenzy and ecstasy.

[In his Oscar-winning score]…Menken uses the familiar means of the genre quickly and sometimes excessively to pile up huge soundscapes…on the other hand, however, the score offers distinct chamber-music subtleties… The fact that all this can be heard, so vividly, shows the high level of music played this evening.”

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Urs Mattenberger

Luzerner Zeitung, 04/02/2019

el cinèfil

La Revista De Cinema Xarxa I En Catalá

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Marc Musquera

el cinèfil, 12/01/2019

En Platea

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Diana Limones

Críticas, 24/12/2018

“Mastodóntico concierto de la Orquestra Barcelona en L’Auditori Barcelona con Jurassic Park in Concert, en el 25 aniversario de la épica y tribal partitura de John Williams.

El director fue Anthony Gabriele, a quien tengo el gusto de conocer y considerarlo colega a raíz del concierto de Singin’ in the Rain Live In Concert meses atrás en el Tívoli. La labor de Gabriele conduciendo la orquesta fue espléndida, dirigiendo unos músicos que supieron estar siempre a la altura (cosa nada fácil), bordando el lirismo y orgullo del inicio, con la llegada a la isla con las cuerdas cogiendo todo el protagonismo, para lentamente derivar a frenético final de los velocirraptors con una potencia sonora que ponía los pelos de punta.”

“Mammoth concert of the Orchestra Barcelona in L’Auditori Barcelona with Jurassic Park in Concert, on the 25th anniversary of the epic and tribal score by John Williams.

The conductor was Anthony Gabriele, whom I had the pleasure to meet and consider a colleague following Singin’ in the Rain – Live In Concert at The Tivoli a few months ago. Gabriele’s work leading the orchestra was splendid, directing musicians who always knew how to rise to the occasion (not an easy thing), embroidering the lyricism and pride of the beginning, with the arrival to the island, with the strings taking all the protagonism, to slowly derive the frenetic end of the velocirraptors with a sonorous power that made the hair stand on end.”

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Marc Musquera

La Musa Que Era, 22/10/2018

“Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Anthony Gabriele made Herrmann proud with a stunning concert presentation of Vertigo. Under Anthony Gabriele’s inspired conducting, the tempi, phrasing and orchestral balance were all admirably taken care of, resulting in a performance that would have made Herrmann proud… I felt deeper connection with Herrmann than I’ve ever had with the original soundtrack recording.

I can but express my utmost gratitude to Maestro Gabriele and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra for their marvellous salute to Herrmann. A feast for film music.”

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Jari Kallio

Adventures in Music, 24/08/2018

“…Taking us on our tour of award-winning music is the London Concert Orchestra under the baton of Anthony Gabriele. Gabriele conducts fluidly and with gusto, appearing to play the orchestra as a single, huge musical instrument. His gestures and enthusiasm are echoed in the orchestra’s playing which is skilful and mellifluous…

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Selwyn Knight

The ReviewsHub, 11/05/2018

“Nearly 80 years after its release, there is not a lot left to say about the wonderful The Wizard Of Oz. A classic movie, beautifully crafted from script through to performance, design, photography, choreography and a legendary score.

Until, that is, one has the privilege of watching the movie on the big screen with the score played live by a 64 strong orchestra under the baton of Anthony Gabriele.

Judy Garland et al may be captured, beautifully, in that flickering light beam and one may know the movie thoroughly, but Gabriele truly takes this score over the rainbow.”     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jonathan Baz

jonathanbazreviews, 14/04/2018

“Nearly 80 years after its release, there is not a lot left to say about the wonderful The Wizard Of Oz. A classic movie, beautifully crafted from script through to performance, design, photography, choreography and a legendary score.

Until, that is, one has the privilege of watching the movie on the big screen with the score played live by a 64 strong orchestra under the baton of Anthony Gabriele.

Judy Garland et al may be captured, beautifully, in that flickering light beam and one may know the movie thoroughly, but Gabriele truly takes this score over the rainbow.”      ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jonathan Baz

jonathanbazreviews, 14/04/2018

“…What really made the show, however, was the conducting of Anthony Gabriele. He was not only a leader, but also an entertainer in his own right. He really worked the audience and had them laughing in their seats on various occasions, including turning around several times as the tension was building during the Jaws theme. A particular favourite of mine was when he asked if there were any critics watching only after getting on about the audacity of critics and our taste in film scores. That was the energy that he made the audience have — he was able to have fun and poke fun at the same time…”      

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M McInnes

Redbrick, 14/03/2018

“…Conductor Anthony Gabriele…has an innate understanding of matching the nuance and tempo of a score to performances played out both on stage and screen. [So to]…see Gabriele conduct the London Concert Orchestra in a Valentine’s Evening concert of Movie Classics, was quite the romantic treat.”

“…thunderous applause demanded a much deserved encore…”     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jonathan Baz

jonathanbazreviews, 25/02/2017