NORDWESTDEUTSCHE PHILHARMONIE - Concert
“Yves Abel’ interpretation was full of contrasts, overwhelming... Yves Abel was relying on the pure efficacy of the music, while carefully leading its action. He never lacked passion... This encounter was enchanting...”
Udo Stefan Koehne
OPERA DI ROMA A CARACALLA - “Madama Butterfly”
“Maestro Yves Abel offered a masterful performance of the work, very difficult to surpass. His experience as a conductor acclaimed in the most important theaters in the world gave us a genial lesson of vocal accompaniment: his arm breathed with the singers’ fiato in a total and mystic conjunction.
Yves Abel demonstrated an absolute comprehension of Puccini’s psychological and theatrical language as well, involving himself in all the scene rehearsals and explaining to every singer, with humility, the subtleties of the libretto in every single moment of the opera.
The total command of the agogic flexibility was another impressive quality demonstrated by Maestro Yves Abel: the superb control of rubato was particularly evident in the most critical and complicated movements in the opera, like the love scene at the end of the first act, that was simply sublime. On the other hand, the technical difficulty caused by the amplification with microphones was resolved splendidly by the conductor.”
Andreas Selander, Opera World, August 26th 2015
“Al suo debutto a Caracalla il direttore Yves Abel e’ riuscito a mantenere una buona tensione esecutiva, in sintonia con l’orchestra, sempre pronta e duttile nel seguirne le intensioni”
Luca della Libera, Il Messaggero, July 8th, 2015
“Attenta e molto partecipe la lettura di Yves Abel sul podio”
Andre Penna, Il Manofesto, July 22nd, 2015
“La direzione di Yves Abel e’ apparsa misurata e attenta alla vocalita’”
Elisabetta Tommasini, Left, 18th June, 2015
NEW NATIONAL THEATRE TOKYO - “La Traviata”
“Today the drama was created more by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yves Abel. The restless society was captured in thrilling tempi while the solitude of Violetta in her dying bed was highlighted through the mad carnival in the last act”
Yamiuri Shimbun, 3rd June 2015
“The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra under Yves Abel created an energetic evening of music and the familiar score never felt routine.”
Asashi Shimbun, 1st June 2015
NORDWESTDEUTSCHE PHILHARMONIE - Concert
"A rare Wagner. An exciting Liszt. Yves Abel and the NWD Philharmonie impress.
The new principal conductor of the NWD Philharmonie, leads the orchestra with vigor through an incomparable concert evening which the public honors by long lasting applause.”
Yves Abel conducts the orchestra safely, with rhythmic precision and a balanced sound. All throughout an impressive and gratifying start of the new principal conductor.
"Almost unworldly in its beauty and everybody is having fun: the conductor, the soloist and the public
The orchestra was in a good mood and so was Yves Abel. The start of the second song-like theme of the Rhapsody in Blue was fascinating: Gershwin's rhapsody is not only about big noise and rhythm, but also about deep feelings.”
METROPOLITAN OPERA - Les Contes d’Hoffmann - Live HD Broadcast
“This was another excellent performance from the Met. ...Yves Abel, a brilliant conductor, conducted with energy and delicacy.” Michael Tanner, The Spectator (UK), February 2, 2015
“When everyone sings at the end ‘Love lends man greatness. Tears make him greater still’ it brought great poignancy to these concluding moments. Complicit in the success of this revival was French-Canadian conductor Yves Abel and the instinctive, exuberant, evocative and idiomatic account of the score he elicited from the always great sounding Met orchestra … especially as here in HD.”
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard, February 3, 2015
METROPOLITAN OPERA - Les Contes d’Hoffmann -
“Even with all the scholarly debate over what constitutes an 'authentic' representation of the score, the quirkiness and variety of Offenbach’s music were always evident, and Abel seemed to relish every twist and turn, drawing strong, evocative playing from the orchestra... his direction enriched and enlivened the music, conjuring up dark magic from the pit."
Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review, January 15, 2015
"Yves Abel leads the Met orchestra in a stirring reading of Offenbach's score."
Wilborn Hampton, Huffingtonpost, January 14, 2015
"...Yves Abel, who led a graceful, agile orchestral performance..."
Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, January 14, 2015
"Yves Abel’s conducting of the Met’s mix-and-match edition of Offenbach’s score had an energetic dancing quality, and he was alert to Mr. Grigolo’s spontaneous revisions of Offenbach’s rhythms."
James Jorden, New York Observer, January 22, 2015