Music critic Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times has praised Thomas Dausgaard’s New York Philharmonic debut, claiming he should be a NY Philharmonic regular after leading “an exceptionally urgent and insightful account of Schumann’s Second Symphony.”

He continues, “…I was engrossed throughout. Mr. Dausgaard, who avoids going for big statements, conveyed the work’s subtle dramatic character and brought out striking details. This symphony can sometimes seem at odds with itself, with stretches in which Schumann tries to channel his wild imagination into majestic Beethovenian symphonic forms. A fantastical episode is run through with rigorous contrapuntal passages. But Mr. Dausgaard balanced all these elements.”

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