Daniel Harding

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Music and Artistic Director
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Laureate
Anima Mundi Festival, Artistic Director

Credit: Julian Hargreaves


Daniel Harding CBE is Music and Artistic Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with whom in 2017 he celebrated his 10-year anniversary, and Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has worked for over 20 years. In the 2014/15 season he devised and curated the celebrated Interplay Festival with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, presenting a series of concerts and related inspirational talks and installations involving artists, academics, scientists and philosophers. The influential programming continues to be a popular feature at Berwaldhallen.  A renowned opera conductor, he has led critically acclaimed productions at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Theater an der Wien, Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg Festivals. He continues to work regularly with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he was named Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival. He is a qualified airline pilot.


Performance Schedule

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    19:00 19 Jul 2021 Suntory Hall, TOKYO

    Conductor: Daniel Harding
    Orchestra: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

From The Green Room


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    Mahler Symphony no. 9

    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 09 Feb 18

    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

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    The Wagner Project

    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 24 Nov 17

    Matthias Goerne

    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

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    HENZE: Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesange

    Label: Tudor

    Release Date: 30 Jun 17

    Andrew Staples, Jurgen Ruck, Markus Weidmann

    Daniel Harding, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

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    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 26 Aug 16

    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

    Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie: Orchestral Suite

    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

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    MAHLER Symphony 6

    Label: BR Klassik

    Release Date: 28 Aug 15

    Daniel Harding

    Synohieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

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    SCHUMANN: Faust Scenes

    Label: BR Klassik

    Release Date: 29 Sep 14

    Christian Gerhaher, Christiane Karg, Alastair Miles

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

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    BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos

    Label: Onyx Classics

    Release Date: 14 Jul 14

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 Op.37, Piano Concerto No.4 Op.58

    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Maria João Pires and Daniel Harding

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    TURNAGE: Speranza, From the Wreckage

    Label: LSO live

    Release Date: 28 Oct 13

    London Symphony Orchestra

    Håkan Hardenberger and Daniel Harding

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    BRITTEN: Billy Budd

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 08 Mar 13

    Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, 2010

    Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose

    London Symphony Orchestra

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    BRITTEN: The Turn of the Screw

    Label: EMI Classics

    Release Date: 25 Feb 13

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Joan Rodgers, Ian Bostridge, Jane Henschel, Vivian Tierney, Julian Leang, Caroline Wise

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    BRAHMS: Symphonies No. 3 & 4

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 18 Feb 13

    Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Daniel Harding

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    MAHLER: Symphony No.10

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 07 Jan 13

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Harding

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    MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 & Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 01 Jan 13

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Dorothea Röschmann and Daniel Harding

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    MOZART: Don Giovanni

    Label: EMI Classics

    Release Date: 25 Dec 12

    Peter Mattei, Gilles Cachemaille, Carmela Remigio, Veronique Gens, Mark Padmore, Lis Larsson

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding

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    MOZART: Cosi fan tutte (DVD)

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 12 Nov 12

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

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    MOZART, HAYDN, GLUCK: Amoureuses

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 07 Jun 11

    Works by Gluck, Haydn and Mozart

    Concerto Köln, Patricia Petibon and Daniel Harding

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    BRAHMS: Violin Concerto & String Sextet No.2

    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 08 Mar 11

    Brahms: Violin Concerto and String Sextet No.2


    Daniel Harding and Isabelle Faust

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    ORFF: Carmina Burana

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 06 Aug 10

    Patricia Petibon, Hans-Werner Bunz, Christian Gerhaher

    Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Daniel Harding

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    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 06 Jan 09

    Daniel Harding

    Janine Jansen

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

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    Mozart 'Idomeneo'

    Label: Electa-Mondadori

    Release Date: 01 Jan 07

    Daniel Harding

    Emma Bell, Steve Davislim, Monica Bacelli, Camilla Tilling

    Chorus and Orchestra of Teatreo alla Scala

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    Le Boeuf sur la Toit - French works for violin and orchestra

    Label: Virgin Classic

    Release Date: 12 Apr 01

    Daniel Harding

    Renaud Capuçon

    Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

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    27 Sep 19 Mahler Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
    Philharmonic Hall in Gasteig

    “Harding went already in the first sentence to the existential. In the funeral service, which Mahler himself found to be so devastating to viewers that he prescribed a five-minute break between the first and second movements, Harding already guessed how he envisioned the overall concept of his interpretation. With fast-paced tempos and powerful brass sounds, the Brit did not hesitate to lead the symphonics to sonorous extremes, which readily followed him.”
    David Renke, Bachtrack, 29 September 2019


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    20 Sep 19 Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G major
    Vienna Konzerthaus

    “The Wiener Philharmoniker, with Daniel Harding masterful at the helm, selected a program exploring the extremes of melodic tunefulness in the symphonic form.”
    Chanda VanderHart, Bachtrack, 23 September 2019

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    13 Sep 19 Berlioz Romeo and Juliet, Dramatic Symphony, op. 17
    Berliner Philharmoniker

    “At this performance of Berlioz’ grand and brilliant Roméo et Juliette, he was a presence of trim authority: no movement superfluous, no exaggeration, a clear-eyed sense of trajectory.”
    Hugo Shirley, Bachtrack, 13 September 2019

    “Daniel Harding’s Roméo et Juliette with the Berlin Philharmonic proved a wonderful, in many respects outstanding, performance from beginning to end. Harding’s understanding and communication of that understanding spoke throughout, without ever drawing attention to itself; so too did his rapport with the Berlin musicians, and their evident delight in this often miraculous score.”
    Mark Berry, Seen and Heard International, 15 September 2019


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    31 Aug 19 Wagner Tweede akte (uit 'Tristan und Isolde', WWV 90)
    Concertgebouw Amsterdam

    “In betörend überwältigender klangprächtiger Interpretation der Partitur durch Daniel Harding und dem Concertgebouw-Orchester geriet die Liebesnacht zur rauschhaften Ekstase zweier tragisch Liebender, deren Bann man sich nicht entziehen vermochte.”
    In a bewitchingly overwhelming sonorous interpretation of the score by Daniel Harding and the Concertgebouw Orchestra , the night of love turned into the intoxicating ecstasy of two tragic lovers, whose spell one could not escape.
    Alexandra Richter, Bachtrack, 02 September 2019

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    24 Aug 19 BRITTEN War Requiem Orchestre de Paris
    Usher Hall, Edinburgh International Festival

    “Harding’s vision of the piece – a haunting juxtaposition of texts from the Latin Requiem Mass and Owen’s poetry – was both incisive and calming. Britten’s message of futility hit the spot.”

    ★★★★★ Ken Walton, The Scotsman

    “…vehement and ultimately very moving.”

    ★★★★ Neil Fisher, The Times

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    29 Mar 19 Wozzeck Fragments / Mahler 1 Berliner Philharmoniker
    Philharmonie Berlin

    “Opening with the rapt tranquillity of dawn, with faraway fanfares ruffling flora, fauna and birdsong, Harding led a slow-burn account of the first movement: introduction and exposition (repeated) seamlessly entwined yet without hampering quickening or uplift, or later reclines and climbs to impetuosity.”

    Colin Anderson, Classical Source

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    10 Mar 19 Mozart 39, 40, 41 Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Adelaide Festival

    “The musicians felt their music—leaning forward and back, swaying—while Harding, as conductor, moved elegantly.”

    Ena Grozdanic, The Adelaide Review


    “Throughout, conductor Daniel Harding provokes the orchestra with an enthusiasm that is palpable.”

    Matt Saunders, The Clothesline


    “Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding is a Mozart expert and his deep understanding showed in his elegant and expansive conducting. From the slightest gesture to full body enthusiasm, Harding was right there for every nuance of the music.”

    Diana Carroll, Performing Artshub


    “Seamless, vital performances that speak to the long-standing relationship between Daniel Harding and the musicians.”

    Brett Allen-Bayes, Limelight Magazine

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    10 Mar 19 Schubert Symphony no. 3. Bruckner Symphony No. 4 Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Adelaide Festival

    “(Daniel’s) conception of the music was entirely coherent, and the architecture of this gigantic symphony was never in danger of crumbling. And tiny details were magical too – when the violin phrases end in nothing they ended not definitely but in what Keats would have called pure amaze.”

    Nicholas Routley, Australian Stage

    “This performance of the ‘Romantic’ was an inspired one wherein Harding corralled his forces with the utmost authority and precision – conducting predominantly with the right hand, achieving a sense of proportion and sonic balance which was all too appropriate for this work.”

    Brett Allen-Bayes, Limelight


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    30 Nov 18 BEETHOVEN, MAHLER Orchestre de Paris
    Philharmonie de Paris

    “Harding’s merit is not limited to his skill as a meticulous orchestrator. Dipped with joy in the fantastic sounds of the orchestra, the maestro is completely loose, giving the impression of feasting with a youthful spontaneity as a sorcerer’s apprentice.”

    Tristan Labouret, Bachtrack

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    17 Nov 18 SCHUMANN, BERLIOZ Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

    “What told so effectively in this performance was the way in which this Swedish orchestra breathed as one, maintaining superb inner balances and with the back desks of the strings beavering away with as much commitment and conviction as their front-desk colleagues.”

    Alexander Hall, Bachtrack


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    11 Oct 18 Rameau / Britten / Mendelssohn Orchestra de Paris
    Philharmonie de Paris

    “Fermentée dans les rousseurs amères des seules cordes, le Britannique en a exsudé jusqu’à plus soif la matière organiquement expressive, des rythmes ensauvagés aux courbes les plus suaves.”

    Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde

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    26 Aug 18 Mahler Symphony No. 8 Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    “…Harding brought more of an in-depth exploration of light and shade to the second part of the symphony, his unhurried direction allowed the music to unfold in a way that seemed entirely unforced.”

    Rowena Smith, The Guardian

    “We’ve heard this work many times at the International Festival, and in many different ways. This one was utterly refreshing, sung with gut-felt emotion and electrifying conviction, Harding’s orchestra eliciting magically unnerving moments from the score.”

    Ken Walton,  The Scotsman



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    05 Jun 18 Schubert Fierrabras
    Teatro all Scala, Milan

    “Per portare “Fierrabras” alla Scala non si poteva scegliere direttore migliore di Daniel Harding… nei molti punti in cui la partitura lo richiede Harding possiede tutta la trasparente leggerezza richiesta”
    “There could not have been a better choice of conductor to bring ‘Fierrabras’ to the Scala than Daniel Harding… during the many times at which the score requires it, Harding possesses all the necessary lightness and agility”
    Giordano Cavagnino, GB Opera Magazine, 9 June 2018

    “La concertazione di Daniel Harding si posiziona sulla linea interpretativa abbadiana. Questa e quella smaglianti di bellezza.”
    “Daniel Harding’s conducting was along the Abbadian line of interpretation. That is to say, dazzlingly beautiful”
    Ugo Malasoma, Opera Click

    “la direzione impeccabile di Harding, che oltre a infondere la sua inconfondibile energia all’orchestra, sa anche rispettare i passaggi delicati “da lied” dei quali è ricca la partituta”
    “the impeccable direction of Harding, who in addition to inciting his unmistakeable energy in the orchestra also knew to respect the delicate “da lied” passages, of which the score is full”
    Stefano Jacini, Giornale della Musica, 6 June 2018

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    23 Apr 18 Vienna Philharmonic Europe Tour Wiener Philharmoniker

    “Ensemble, Harding et Vienne soulèvent les montagnes. Des déferlements de décibels à la douceur caressante de l’Adagietto, la puissance étourdit et l’alanguissement apaise.”
    “Together, Harding and Vienna raise the mountains. Decibel surges with the caressing sweetness of the Adagietto, power stuns and languor soothes.”
    Sylvie Bonier, Le Temps,  27 April 2018

    “De passage jeudi soir au Victoria Hall, dans le concert hyper-attendu et hors abonnement de l’agence Caecilia, l’orchestre mené par Daniel Harding a offert une relecture palpitante de la «Première Symphonie», dite «Jeremiah»”
    “On Thursday night at Victoria Hall, in the highly anticipated and non-subscription concert of Caecilia, the orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding offered a thrilling reinterpretation of the “First Symphony”, called “Jeremiah””
    Par Rocco Zacheo, Tribune de Geneve, 


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    01 Mar 18 Schubert & Strauss Berliner Philharmoniker
    Philharmonie Berlin

    “Daniel Harding, here marshalling the elite forces of the Philharmoniker with cool head and a broad overview of the work’s awe-inspiring vistas.”…“The climaxes, expertly built-up by Harding, had a bracing, high-altitude brilliance to them – especially that on reaching the summit – the clarity of the sound allowing for plenty of details to come through.”
    Hugo Shirley, Bachtrack, 03 March 2018

    “Finley can confidently stand up to this amidst the concentrated orchestral force, as an equal instrument among many – certainly also a merit of Daniel Harding, who knows how to cleverly cover the dynamics of the Philharmonic at the podium.”
    “Finley hier souverän inmitten der geballten Orchesterwucht bestehen, als ebenbürtiges Instrument unter vielen – sicher auch ein Verdienst von Daniel Harding, der am Pult die Dynamik der Philharmoniker klug zu deckeln weiß.”
    Udo Badelt Genre, Der Tagesspiegel, 03 March 2018


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    18 Mar 18 Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony & Helen Grime’s Virga London Symphony Orchestra
    Barbican Centre

    “Harding successfully held the disparate elements together to create a compelling soundscape that disappeared at the end as capriciously and tantalisingly as the watery globules themselves.”
    Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 18 February 2018

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    26 Oct 17 Berg & Bruckner Wozzeck Fragments & Symphony No. 4
    Gasteig Munich

    “Bei Berg passte alles: Die schroffen Gegensätze auf engstem Raum kamen präzise, die Feinheiten ebenso. Harding rief die enorme technische Wendigkeit des Orchesters ab.”

    “It was perfection in Berg’s piece: the music was filled with sharp contrasts and intricate articulations. Harding successfully pushed the orchestra’s technical agility to a whole new level.”

    Robert Braunmuller, Abendzeitun Munchen, 28 October 2017

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    12 Oct 17 Debussy Pelleas et Melisande
    Wiener Staatsoper

    “Im Orchestergraben machte es Daniel Harding gut, verhalf Fäulnisgeruch und Meeresfunkeln, Unheil und Sehnsucht zu klingender Gestalt und bot schließlich heftigen emotionalen Wellengang.”

    “Meanwhile in the orchestral pit, Daniel Harding’s conducting evoked the sinister and sparkling moments in the opera, then rounding the opera off with a sea of emotional and violent music.”

    Der Standard, 13 October 2017

    “Dies lag allen voran an Dirigent Daniel Harding, der die impressionistischen Klangmassen zu entfalten vermochte und gleichzeitig äußerst präzise leitete. Sein virtuoses Dirigat und die gut erarbeitete Interpretation brachten das Orchester speziell in den Zwischenspielen zu musikalischen Höchstleistungen.”

    “The conductor Daniel Harding was able to shape the orchestra to create impressionistic yet precise sound masses simultaneously. His virtuosic conducting and well thought out interpretation brought the orchestra together and was evident in the interludes.”

    Malina Meier, Wiener Zeitung, 13 October 2017

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    21 Apr 17 Verdi Il Trovatore
    Opéra de Monte-Carlo

    “Enfin, à la tête d’un Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo rutilant, le jeune chef britannique Daniel Harding – nommé récemment directeur musical de l’Orchestre de Paris – offre une lecture du chef d’œuvre de Verdi qui se caractérise tant par le sens dramatique que par la beauté de la ligne mélodique, en un séduisant équilibre entre élans héroïques et épanchements lunaires.”

    “Finally, the brilliant Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo was conducted by the young British conductor Daniel Harding, recently nominated Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris. He gave a masterful reading of Verdi’s score, characterised by both a sense of drama and a beautiful melodic line, which created a perfect balance between heroic passion and night atmosphere.”

    Emmanuel Andrieu, Opera-online, 26 April 2017

    “Musiciens aussi les instrumentistes de l’Orchestre Philharmonique qui, manifestement ravis de leur travail avec Daniel Harding, accueillent son entrée dans la fosse à grand renfort de battements de pied. L’ancien assistant de Simon Rattle et de Claudio Abbado … A l’instar de ses anciens mentors il est arrivé avec une connaissance minutieuse de la partition qui lui a permis d’indiquer clairement ses objectifs, en particulier dans le domaine des couleurs, des nuances et de la dynamique.”

    The Orchestre Philharmonique gave a great musical performance and seemed to enjoy its work with Daniel Harding. He was warmly welcomed by the audience, who were tapping their feet. The young conductor started his career as Simon Rattle’s and Claudio Abbado’s assistant … Like his old mentors, he arrived with a perfect knowledge of the score. Thanks to this, his reading was pretty clear, especially regarding the colours, the nuances and the dynamics of music.”

    Maurice Salles, Forum Opera, 21 April 2017

    “…Daniel Harding, at his best when lavishing attention on the (sometimes) creamy Leonora of Maria Agresta: ‘Tacea la notte placida’ was especially spellbinding.”

    Jonathon Brown, Operanow, June 2017

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    17 Mar 17
    GMJO Easter Tour

    Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (17 & 18 March)

    “Aos 41 anos, Hardinf é porventura o mais brilhante maestro britanico…”

    At just 41 years-old, Harding is perhaps the most brilliant British conductor…

    Jorge Cadaldo, Expresso, 25 March 2017


    Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, Madrid (21 March)

    “Con Harding espectuacular al frente, la GMJO brillò en du maxima intensidad.”

    The GMJO shines at its maximum thanks to Harding’s spectacular conducting.

    Ramón del Buet Cañas, Bachtrack, 21 March 2017


    “Harding … conosce molto bene questo repertorio, e la sua concezione stilistica nell’affrontate la Quinta é chiara sin dall’inizio: sonorità grandiose degli ottoni, pause dilatate al massimo, leggerezza e rapidità nelle frasi dei fiati”

    [Harding] knows this repertoire very well. His stylistic ideas are clear in his conducting of Bruckner Symphony No. 5: strong brass, Long pauses, lightness and speed in the wind phrases.”

    Michele Curnis, GBOPERA, 23 March 2017


    Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxemborug (23 March)

    “Le mystère sacrè que Harding fait entrevoir chez Bruckner ne s’exprime pas par des coups de tonnerre, il se révèle dans le silence et le clair-obscur. Même sa gestuelle sobre le dit: hading ne se veut pas un titam qui dèchaîme les éléments. C’est le résultat d’une conception passionante de l’oeuvre qui’il joue ce soir, mais c’est aussi, sans doute, le résultat d’une conception collégiale de son art qui le met á l’écoute de ses musician.”

    The sacred mystery of Harding’s Bruckner does not lie in the sound of the percussion, but within the silence and chiaroscuro; moreover, his sober gesture reveal how he does not think of himself as a titan in control of the elements. His conception is created both with his passion and collaboration with the musicians.

    Dominique Adrian, ResMusica, 26 March 2017


    Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris (25 March)

    “…Daniel Harding arrive à incorporer Schumann.”

    Daniel Harding embodies Schumann.

    Dionysios Dervis-Bournais, Le Huffington Post, 27 March 2017


    Auditorio de Zaragoza, Zaragoza (27 March)

    “Fue la de Harding una Version limpia, clara, con planos bien defindos y pausas marcadas que mostaron los contrastes que la obra encierra.”

    Harding gives a clear and limpid version of the piece. The very effective pianos and the marked pauses show the contrasts that this symphony has in itself.

    Javier del Olivo, Platea Magazine, 28 March 2017


    Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Ferrara (29 March)

    “Daniel Harding ha in commune con Abbado la dedizione totale all’opera, che viene sviscerata in tutte le sue potenzioalità, senza che la figura del direttore occupy il primo piano ma diventi piuttosto un tramite affinché il disegno attorno alle note sia reso I tutta la sua delicata complessità. Harding dirige con eleganza ed empatia totale con I musicisti…”

    Daniel Harding shares with Abbado a total dedication to the piece: indeed, the symphony is explored in every possible way. The conductor does not occupy a major role, but becomes the mean to express the complex delicacy of the piece. Harding conducts with great elegance and great empathy towards his musicians…

    Monica Pavoni, Il resto del Carlino, 2 April 2017


    Alte Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt (2 April)

    “Dirigent koordinierte Daniel Harding das schwierige Zusammenspiel des ensembles mit seinerklaren Zeichengebung souveran”

    Daniel Harding coordinates the difficult interplay of the ensemble with clear direction.

    Guido Holze, Frankfurter Allgemeine, 4 April 2017


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    16 Sep 16 Schumann Faustszenen Orchestre de Paris
    Philharmonie de Paris

    “A bold choice for Harding, but entirely justified by the burningly dramatic performance. Harding showed that Schumann’s allegedly awkward orchestration is often brilliantly original, particularly in the final scenes in heaven when he coaxed sounds of antique gravity from the strings.”

    Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2016 

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    01 Sep 16 Rameau & Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    “Harding’s own Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra are stylish in both. There’s some brazen playing to enjoy – the low brass in March to the Scaffold sound like a foghorn – but the impression of a lack of refinement is deceptive: the balance and pace are always tautly in check. Another Symphonie Fantastique, by the Concertgebouw, under Daniele Gatti, is released this month, but next to Harding’s it sounds grey.”
    Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 1 September 2016 

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    19 Aug 16 Beethoven & Mahler Edinburgh International Festival 2016
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    “Harding’s vast experience in Mahler shone through in his unflinching grasp of the composer’s great spans, but with an ear for the big gesture and the ability to cut through the swathe of sound to bring out telling details, including the more gemütlich moments like the fleeting violin solos of the first movement, or the occasional sweet string episodes in the Ländler.  That movement seemed perpetually to teeter on the brink of chaos, with swaggering brass and string playing that could, by turns, sound raw or refined (with some very cheeky rubato from the second violins), and the biting Rondo dissolved into a blissful central episode, where a beautiful trumpet solo was answered by smiling violins.  Harding’s interpretation seemed to grow in stature as the symphony progressed – you’ll go a long way to hear the great string span of the finale sounding as richly emotive as we heard tonight – and the delicate shading of the closing pages is something that I won’t forget in a hurry.  The audience sat in a rapt silence after the final chord died away, no one daring to clap and break the spell.  That’s the finest tribute you can pay to any Mahler 9.”
    Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard, 20 August 2016 

    “There was much to admire about the considered and very unhistrionic way that Daniel Harding navigated the great anguished swells, about the cleanliness of his gestures and the cool logic of his pacing. And there was plenty of fine playing from the Swedish orchestra of which he is Music Director: that fine-tuned elasticity that comes from excellent ensemble discipline.”
    Kate Molleson, Herald Scotland, 20 August 2016 

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    09 Jun 16 Bartok / Dvorak 9th June 2016
    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Centre

    “Harding brought an old-world flexibility to the Symphony, beginning far-away from the marked Allegro con brio, but how expressive and confiding it was and how persuasive were his emphases and ritardandos amidst the foot-stamping vitality; and there was room for shades and shadows that are rarely present in this outgoing masterpiece, bountiful of song and dance.”
    Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 9 June 2016 

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    05 Jun 16 Mahler Symphony No. 2
    Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra

    “Harding launched this huge work in the grandest style and the double-bass players responded with a violent shudder which set the tone of authenticity to the very end. He was attentive to the many nuances in the score. The massive structure of the opening ‘funeral march’ was wonderfully realised. Harding was in total command of his intentions and the LSO responded with splendour and beauty, the quietest passages being as effective as the explosions. The recapitulation caused hairs to stand up like Hitchcock achieves in his best movies. This was the life-force in full flow.’…’Harding was loving in his attention to detail and numerous expressive markings were scrupulously observed.’…’Honours can be shared around but the top accolade must go to Harding whose gut-wrenching way with so much of this music bore down on a capacity audience. It was a privilege to be there.”
    Edward Clark, Classical Source, 5 June 2016

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    20 Mar 16 Schumann Faust-Szenen
    Barbican Centre

    “Harding conducted with a fine softness of palette and intimacy, drawing subtle playing from the LSO.”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 22 March 2016 

    “This performance by the LSO conducted by Daniel Harding, with a good-as-it-gets cast of Christian Gerhaher, Christiane Karg, Andrew Staples, Lucy Crowe and Matthew Rose, was as fine a showcase as you could reasonably hope.’…’The performance was full of highlights’…’Harding made a terrific case for it all. Great stuff.”
    Opera Now Magazine, May 2016

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    21 Jan 16 Boulez, Berlioz, Schumann 2 Berliner Philharmoniker
    Philharmonie Berlin

    “Harding conducts freely and keeps the musical developments open, creating a limbo, a magical pull.”
    “Harding dirigiert ganz frei und hält die musikalischen Entwicklungen offen, erzeugt einen Schwebezustand, einen zauberischen Sog.”
    Martin Wilkening, Berliner Zeitung, 23 January 2016

    “Harding organises the score quickly, creating logical links. He pursues a sound aesthetic that offers concentration and density in the outer voices, while in the middle voices breathes lightness and elegance.”
    “Harding organisiert die Partitur zügig, schafft logische Verknüpfungen. Er verfolgt eine Klangästhetik, die Konzentriertheit und Dichte in den Außenstimmen bietet, in den Mittelstimmen dagegen Leichtigkeit und Eleganz atmet.”
    Felix Stephan, Berliner Morgenpost, 23 January 2016

    “From the beginning: first to the concert overture “Othello” by Dvorák, a music whose affect breaks and rhetorical gestures Harding controlled with a mastery that is second to none.”
    “Doch von Anfang an: Zunächst zur Konzertouvertüre “Othello” von Dvorák, einer Musik, deren Affektbrüche und rhetorische Gesten Harding mit einer Meisterschaft kontrolliert, die ihresgleichen sucht.”
    Christiane Tewinkel, Der Tagesspiegel,  23 January 2016

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    06 Dec 15 Mozart & Bruckner London Symphony Orchestra
    Barbican Centre

    “The transition to the coda was superbly managed, Harding bringing the symphony to a grand and exciting conclusion.”

    Christian Hoskins, Music OMH, 6 December 2015

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    24 May 15 Beethoven & Brahms 24th May 2015
    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican

    “Harding, meanwhile, conducted like one possessed. Unforgettable: the greatest performance of the work I’ve ever heard.”
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 26 May 2015

    “Harding’s rapport with the LSO has deepened too. If there were some dangerously ponderous tempi in the Brahms, Harding drew excellent playing from the orchestra and everything had purpose and conviction.”
    Neil Fisher, The Times, 26 May 2015 

    “A generous and thrilling bit of music-making not just from Tetzlaff but also the LSO, galvanised into Rattle-level intensity and eagerness by Harding and their soloist.”
    Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 25 May 2015 

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    12 Dec 14 Mahler Symphony No. 6 "Tragic"
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie

    “Daniel Harding’s connection with the orchestra goes back two decades – he was Abbado’s assistant in the mid-90s – and although his substitution for the indisposed Kirill Petrenko occurred so late that it was only indicated by an insert into the programme, there was absolutely no sense of anything but unanimity between conductor and musicians. Harding’s gestures met with immediate and vivid responses, and the many treacherous tempo changes were navigated almost immaculately.”

    David Larkin, Bachtrack, 5 December 2014 

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    10 Nov 14 Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust
    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    “Since Britten’s pioneering version in 1972 (Decca), Schumann’s late setting of extracts from Goethe’s epic poem has enjoyed a charmed life on disc. Frühbeck de Burgos (EMI), Abbado (Sony) and Harnoncourt (RCO Live) are stiff competition for Harding, but the British conductor rises to the challenge magnificently in this live Bavaraian Radio recording, superlatively played and sung.’…’Harding scores with his casting’…’A record of the year, no doubt”
    Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 9 November 2014 

    “Harding’s handling of the whole span of the score is also deeply impressive. The detail is telling but never overdone, the build up to the glorious peroration paced very expertly.”
    Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 15 October 2014 

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    29 Oct 14 European Tour 2014
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    “Daniel Harding conducted the piece and lit up the score, revealing it’s finest qualities.”
    Bernhard Hartmann, General Anzeiger, 22 October 2014 

    “The Swedish orchestra are comfortably in the top of the European Leagues. For the last eight years, Daniel Harding and the musicians of the orchestra have created a wonderful relationship.”
    Werner Häußner, Der Westen, 21 October 2014 

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    27 Oct 14 Mahler Symphony No. 9 London Symphony Orchestra
    Barbican Centre, London

    “The LSO players, as expected, sounded marvellous, but it was Harding’s overall vision of the piece that brought the piece to its full emotional impact.

    Harding retained tight control of the orchestra throughout, ensuring that the complex counterpoint could always be heard with precision and brilliance.

    Harding’s restrained interpretation was all the more moving. The orchestra adopted a lean rather than lush sound, allowing them to respond to the multitude of solos scattered throughout the movement.

    A truly remarkable performance”

    Kevin W NG, Bach Track, 26 October 2014 

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    19 Jul 14 Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 & 4
    Maria-João Pires & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    “The cleanliness of these interpretations is reinforced by the sounds of Daniel Harding conducting his Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra – smooth, suave, lightly sprinkled with aftershave. ”
    Geoff Brown, The Times, 18 July 2014