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Sveriges Radio | Per Feltzin

"...Tightly performed by the orchestra led by Matthew Wood." 

Aftonbladet | Claes Wahlin

"... conductor Matthew Wood beautifully holds together the score..."

Svenska Dagbladet | Bo Löfvendahl

"In the backround sits the Folkopera's orchestra, playing under Matthew Wood, with precision and confidence”

Norrköpings Tidningar | Helena Lundberg

"The orchestra sits on the stage behind a transparent curtain and contribute in the highest degree to the experience under the distinguished conducting of Matthew Wood."

Expressen | Hanna Höglund

"...The Folkopera's orchestra under the baton of Matthew Wood has obtained a perfect and natural sound…”

"One of the most important and satisfying concerts in Sydney for a very long time David Lumsdaine (b.1931) and Nigel Butterley (b.1935) and by one of the standout composers of his generation, Elliott Gyger (b.1968) were masterfully performed by Alison Morgan, Jenny Duck-Chong and an elite group of instrumentalists expertly conducted by Matthew Wood."

Dublin | Irish Times

"Wood and the NSO tapped into Copland's American landscapes and spirit for a performance that well justified the work's immense popularity."

Dublin | Irish Times

"This, his debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, was a notable success on both technical and interpretive levels… artfully negotiated... the work was beautifully proportioned and the charge to the finish captured a rare sense of the impetuosity under fine control."

Santiago | El Mercurio

"Wood approached the third movement with compelling power, his enthusiasm matched by the musicians, resulting in a burst of spontaneous ovation... After this impressive display Wood negotiated his musicians in a seamless progression from desolation and anger to a beautiful and dramatic finale. This was an interpretation of the highest order of Tchaikovky’s Symphony No 6."

Bournemouth Daily Echo

"A riveting performance... Wood clearly signalled an evening of tuneful Tchaikovsky from a brilliant BSO."

Sydney Morning Herald

"… a great deal of flair... drawing unexpected colours out of the great welter of sound."

Sydney Morning Herald

"Matthew Wood... received support from enlightened individuals to explore the link between music and words with intelligence, subtlety and sophistication."

The Melbourne Age

"…showed responsiveness to the tenor of the central Andante, keeping its pace moving steadily, and also generating some surprises with his phrasing choices."

Mike Marsh | 
Bournemouth Daily Echo

"Here Wood has given THE performance of his burgeoning career, exposing all the desolation and private anguish... Wood had this marked out ramping up the superbly homogenous string sections to breaking point and near silence."

Michael Dervan | 
Irish Times, Dublin

"Brooding intensity mustered for visiting conductor Matthew Wood... Gorgeous sounds were a feature of Wood's conducting throughout the evening... the orchestra sounded first rate."