REVIEWS

“Maja Metelska mastered the symphony both structurally and musically. She has self-confidence and authority, and rightfully so. Her Dvořák interpretation conveyed inner strength and vision.”

Johanna Tiensuu, Turun Sanomat, Finland: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

“She achieved a great sound from the orchestra, when necessary it was clear and strong, and in the pianos delicate and pure. The dynamics were well directed, which made me listen to the performance with interest. Her work with the orchestra was interesting”.

Oskar Łapeta, "Presto" classical music magazine, Poland: Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra

Baltic Opera Orchestra ”Excellently lead by Maja Metelska’s baton, reflected magnificently the decadent character of Przybyszewska’s times and the terror and madness of Robespierre’s and de Gouges’s world, but also a special kind of narriational ambivalence of Olympia of Gdansk".

Anna Jazgarska, www.teatralny.pl (about opera Olympia of Gdansk by Zygmunt Krauze)

“Metelska conducted the orchestra with incredible energy and charisma. The music poem, inspired by Shakespeare’s work, sounded extremely dramatical and powerful”

““The Friday concert in the Koszalin Philharmonic was an extraordinary musical journey. […] The concert began with the overture-fantasy “Romeo and Juliet” by Peter Tchaikovsky. […] Metelska conducted the orchestra with incredible energy and charisma. Inspired by Shakespeare’s work musical poem sounded extremely dramatical and powerful. […] The next part of the concert was the Symphony No. 1 in E minor by Jean Sibelius. […] Metelska managed to conduct the orchestra through all meanders of this not easy piece. Changes of mood and dynamics, and interweaving rhythms, all these elements sounded perfect to the last note. I got the impression that the Koszalin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra has not sounded so great for a long time. The applause didn’t have an end”

Robert Kuliński, www.blogiekoszalin.pl, Poland: Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra

“Under the direction of the dynamic, but very precise and solicitous Maja Metelska played the wonderful Sinfonietta of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, which fully used the unusual instruments and implemented the way of playing dictated by the composer and his music theory of unism”

Wojciech Giczkowski, www.teatrdlawas.pl (about opera Polyeuctus by Zygmunt Krauze)

“The musicians of the Philharmonic played with high quality and intensity, perhaps even more concentrated than usually.”

Johanna Tiensuu, Turun Sanomat, Finland: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

“Maja Metelska, a true professional who was superb”

Claude Samuel, Le Blog Qobuz, Japan: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

“It was an interpretation incredibly colourful, performed with late romantic expression”

“Maja Metelska conducting this transcription […] brought out first of all Stokowski’s orchestration mastery. It was an interpretation incredibly colourful, performed with late romantic expression […]. At the same time, the conductor didn’t forget about the baroque provenience of the piece, creating in result a very interesting presention, and the orchestra realized her intentions”

Anna Woźniakowska, polskamuza.eu, Poland: Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra

"Changes of mood and dynamics, and interweaving rhythms, all those elements sounded perfect to the last note".

“In the Symphony No. 1 in e-minor by Jean Sibelius, Metelska managed to conduct the orchestra through all meanders of this not easy piece. Changes of mood and dynamics, and interweaving rhythms, all those elements sounded perfect to the last note. I got the impression that the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra has not sounded so great for a long time. The applause didn’t have an end.”

Robert Kuliński, www.blogiekoszalin.pl, Poland: Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra

“it was a triumph of the conductor, who directed the work to victory excellently, bringing out from our orchestra qualities seeming unattainable”

“But the coup de foudre of the evening was offered by the conductor herself – by conducting notably the Symphony No. 1 op. 39 in E minor by Jean Sibelius (of course by heart). Although the symphony is “No.1″ it is already mature, monumental romanticism, and the music stirring, extremely colourful and at the same time deeply spirited. As I wrote in the program notes: it is music opening the world, with the climate tuned to the highest note of pathos, expression, but also warmth, lyricism, colour. And it was a triumph of the conductor, who directed the work to victory excellently, bringing out from our orchestra qualities seeming unattainable. And great ovation of the simply hypnotised audience.”

Kazimierz Rozbicki, Miasto Tygodnik Koszalinski, Poland: Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra

“This is a conductor firmly standing on the stand, full of life, movement, energy, but also ideas”

“This is a conductor firmly standing on the stand, full of life, movement, energy, but also ideas, which is essential e.g. in the 1st movement of Eroica. Throughout her entire performance I could feel and see her excitement, or perhaps such a positive thrill, great emotional commitment. She conducts widely, effectively, eloquently and quite attractively. What is important, she mobilizes the musicians with her attitude, but she never provokes them nor frightens them away, as it is sometimes the case with women conductors.”

Adam Rozlach, Polish Radio, 9th Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors

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