REVIEWS

 
The Gourlay/FWSO Firebird cast a magic spell start to finish. Quieter music was exquisitely shaped and detailed, even pianissimos at the threshold of audibility charged with electricity. By contrast, the “Infernal Dance” burst on the scene with savage intensity. It was some of the finest playing I can remember from this orchestra.
— Dallas News

Mahler Symphony no.10 ed.Cooke:

The work of Gourlay and the OSCyL was immeasurable: the fine-tuning to which the conductor submitted each phrase, each piano, each pause or each ritardando seemed astonishing to me. The interpretation flashed like a Bernini sculpture, exhaustively polished, almost obsessive, from everything to do with the sound balance to the most subtle of dynamics, full of drama conceived entirely by design.
— Mundoclasico.com

The musicians, who played wonderfully all evening, were conducted by Andrew Gourlay in his American debut. He brought an economy of motion to the podium, but produced dazzling results.
— San Diego Union-Tribune

Colours and harmonic tensions were played out brilliantly and with seismographic sensitivity.
Clarity and sophistication without indulgence characterized his approach to Dvořak’s symphony no.8 in G major. The waiving of gimmickry shaped his interpretation and made for an enormously compelling performance. The climaxes of the first movement were powerful, the interplay between winds and strings rhythmically precise, the melodic arcs of the second movement contemplative and mystical, and the third and fourth movements simply magnificent.
— Weser Kurier, Germany

The Guardian - Critics' Top 10 Live Events of the Year:

Andrew Gourlay is a star in the ascendant. He scraped off the crust of over-familiarity from Tchaikovsky’s score with the briskness of a man brushing frost from his car windscreen.
Gourlay conducted with the lightest of touches that paradoxically revealed Nutcracker’s kernel of darkness.
— The Guardian

I became completely emotionally consumed by this performance, bold and vivid, tremendous and overwhelming.
— Huffington Post
It is quite some time since we heard a concert of such quality… A performance that will be remembered as extraordinary.
— Visiones Criticas, Chile
This conductor alternates sweetness and tension; ebbing and flowing whilst maintaining a beautiful precision within the musical line... what an amazing roller-coaster ride! Let’s rejoice: Andrew Gourlay will be returning in January.
— Sud Ouest, France
This was an overwhelming performance with the Hallé musicians performing with remarkable commitment and energy. I wonder if we should be hailing Andrew Gourlay as the new Barbirolli.
— Seen and Heard International

Shostakovich Symphony no.10 / BBCSO

One wonders what the future now holds for Andrew Gourlay. The impression was of the emergence of an exciting young conductor with tremendous potential.
— The Guardian
The great formal arc of the long, lamenting first movement was expertly realised, the splenetic terseness of the tiny scherzo all one would hope for, and the encrypted narrative structure offered itself vividly to the imagination.
— The Sunday Times

Tippett The Ice Break

The CBSO under Andrew Gourlay played their socks off in what will probably be their most artistically significant performance this year.
— Birmingham Post, UK
Musically the show was a revelation.... this challenging score was superbly played by the CBSO under Andrew Gourlay.
— The Sunday TImes