"Perhaps most importantly, the work [Mahler's Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'] requires a conductor who cannot just manage the sprawl but make coherent sense out of it all. St. Clair, who is completing his 27th season with the Pacific Symphony this weekend, was fully in control from the incisive first notes to the grandiose conclusion."
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
The Philadelphia Orchestra
“Carl St. Clair made an impression as a solid and often imaginative leader. If there is any test of a conductor’s skills, it is Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. St. Clair handled the bloated forces of the ballet’s Suite No. 2 with skill and elegance.”
"St. Clair has a special gift for complicated, daunting music. He can negotiate the impenetrable thickets of a George Crumb score or some other atonal Rubrik's Cube with gusto and ease, and he has a knack for making difficult things understandable ... St. Clair mastered [all] challenges effortlessly."
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan)
"St. Clair is a fantastic, energetic, charismatic leader, and I hope we get to see more of him in the future ... it was a fantastic evening, very exciting." [Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"]
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Pacific Symphony (European Tour)
“St. Clair and his fabulous orchestra completely won over Hanover … with spirit, a sense of sound and utterly breathtaking precision.”
HANNOVERSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
Nashville Symphony Orchestra
"[Carl St. Clair] led the NSO in a performance that was remarkable for its precision and clarity ... His reading was full of passion and febrile intensity — the pathos in the work's slow finale was heartrending ..." [Frank Ticheli's Radiant Voices]
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Komische Oper Berlin
“The concert began with the dramatic and indestructible overture to Bernstein’s Candide, and after this piece, which lasts less than five minutes, one already knew quite a bit about Carl St. Clair, his working economy, his mastery, his taste and his showmanship … a new, heartier tone will enter the Komische Oper with St. Clair.”
“[Ute Lemper] the mesmerizing German singer and actress … had an excellent partner in the dynamic conductor Carl St. Clair … [St. Clair’s] vivid performance of Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin served as a setup to Ms. Lemper, who returned to sing four chansons …”
NEW YORK TIMES
Los Angeles Philharmonic
“St. Clair performed honorably. He is a reliable technician, and agreeable podium personality and a solid, informed musician. He had the musical challenges well in hand.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
USC Thornton Symphony
"Led by music director Carl St. Clair, the symphony seemed to not simply perform the pieces of the evening, but embody them. It has been St. Clair's lifetime work and emphasis to not only perform works, but to understand the context and the life history of the composers who wrote them."