'A Symphony Titan arrived in Duncan'
He immediately had the audience in the palm of his hand — or perhaps under the spell of his magic baton ... There were three main musical pieces in the programme. Each received a standing ovation by the audience.
- Cowichan Valley Citizen
[Tichindeleanu] created a symbiotic connection with his orchestra, who, under Christian Kluxen's distiguished supervision, became co-conspirators in the collaborative drama … In the last couple of years, the Odense Symphony has developed to a remarkable degree … it is the use of hugely inspiring and gifted guest conductors such as Christian Kluxen which has raised the standards.
- Fyens Stiftstidende
A credible soprano in the title role and excellent work from the young conductor made "Madama Butterfly" powerful in Aarhus on Friday. Christian Kluxen has previously conducted Mozart at the Danish National Opera, and his talent is clear and convincing. From the beginning, there was a focused energy, passion and remarkable precision in the orchestra. Puccini mixes Asian instruments with American tunes, Italian sensuality and touch of cool French impressionism, and Kluxen showed excellent control of all these aspects. This makes a strong basis for the ‘Butterfly' tour!
Aarhus Symfoniorkester was delightful in both acts. The musicians in the orchestra pit played so beautifully, it sent shivers down the spine. The conductor, Christian Kluxen, can of course take a lot of credit for this and it is no exaggeration to say that his achievements will draw great attention in the future.
- Kristeligt Dagblad
The biggest triumph went to Christian Kluxen, who began in a confident tempo and kept a tightly controlled flow in the orchestra ... Aarhus Symfoniorkester sounded juicy, full and 'Puccinian' ... The career seems promising for this only 34-year old conductor, who has already led dozens of orchestras.
- Dagbladet Information
Christian Kluxen conducts with exemplary clarity and a rather heavenly warmth. Lovely!
- Berlingske Tidende
The emotions of Puccini's music can easily slip into sentimentality, if not performed with refinement and control. At Den Jyske Opera, both were mastered on stage and in the orchestra pit. The young conductor Christian Kluxen opened the premiere at a frantic pace, so that one was almost nervous, but he quickly transitioned to a momentum which was safely restrained, and most importantly, full of strong emotional impulses and an inner fire. He worked marvellously with Aarhus Symfoniorkester, who played in a class that one does not always hear - not even on the scenes that one travels south to experience … One listened intensely and it was not only beautiful, and therefore a pleasure, but also musical, so a great emotional experience.
Den Jyske Opera and "Madama Butterfly" is among the best, not least due to conductor Christian Kluxen. With small gestures, he gets an extremely well-playing Odense Symphony Orchestra to interpret Puccini's tearful music. The strong emotions and existential dilemmas become even stronger.
- Fyens Stiftstidende
Christian Kluxen's phenomenal mastering of the music's sophisticated, trembling, painful emotion tore apart the hearts of the audience.
- The Scotsman
Agile, elegant, equilibristic orchestral playing with amazing solo performances, a divine singer, a vibrant conductor with complete overview: It was a great Richard Strauss evening this Thursday March 12, 2015 in Odense Concert Hall, where the young Danish conductor Christian Kluxen, and Norwegian soprano, Kari Postma, brought the house down… I have not heard the orchestra play this well before. The conductor, Christian Kluxen, is a man that we would very much like to have invited to Odense more often; Exact in his gestures, complete overview - and not afraid to do a little bum dance on the podium to an oompah sequence in Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. The lady in the row behind us this evening laughed loudly. Deserved!
With subtle and economic gestures, Christian Kluxen got the orchestra [Odense Symphony Orchestra] to complete the experience, loyally and with great beauty, both in the tutti-passages and in the many solistic passages [Strauss: 4 Letzte Lieder]. After the intermission we got the contrast, and what a glorious one [Strauss: Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel]. ...Here Christian Kluxen showed himself from his more bold-playful side, with an almost Till-ish courage, which of course cost Eulenspiegel his life, while Kluxen and the orchestra received a highly well-deserved tribute for a most brilliant achievement among the greatest.
- Fyns Stifttidende
The Danish conductor Christian Kluxen drew out a primordial force, an impressive vertical power of emotion and living soundlayers from this music [Sibelius: Symphony No. 5]. He embraced the whole sound and inspired the musicians [Norrköping Symphony Orchestra]. Focus was always on the grand form. The symphony has a tight texture and the conductor smoothly joined together the different sections, all the way to the intense burst of the finale.
- Norrköpings Tidningar
The vigour and youthfulness of the concert were largely due to Danish conductor Christian Kluxen, who approached the evening’s music in a refreshing and non-scholarly manner. Leaving the usual conventions of a classical concert behind, he winningly interacted with the audience by interviewing a few orchestra members and letting the musicians explain Beethoven’s compositional techniques... [The musicians’ enthusiasm] was also visible in Christian Kluxen’s engaging conducting... the ovations wouldn’t end!
- Siegener Zeitung
Brilliant celebration of Nielsen and Sibelius... The audience can't hold back their enthusiasm... ...The music progresses forward with heavy steps [Sibelius Symphony No.5]. The atmosphere is build towards the grand ending, where the chords, like salutes from a canon, dissappear out into space. It is not until the conductor Christian Kluxen opens his arms and flashes his red braces, that the magic is dissolved and the audience dares to express their appreciation. It is clear that the orchestra [Norrköping Symphony Orchestra] likes to work with this evening's conductor. The stage floor rumbles with stomping feet, when the orchestra musicians applaud Christian Kluxen. He has a very musical and empathetic way of conducting. A joy to watch, even for the audience.
Another bonus was conductor Christian Kluxen. He has been RSNO [Royal Scottish National Orchestra] assistant conductor for only 12 months but could have been directing the orchestra for years. His interpretation of the works showered youthful exuberance, but there were also signs of maturity, style and expert manipulation of the players... their performance was as enthusiastic and exuberant as I have ever seen them.
- The Dundee Courier
...and the colossal full orchestra [RCS Symphony Orchestra], with staggering quality from its principals, devastatingly beautiful playing from leader Rachel Spencer, and Kluxen in overdrive, blew the whole place away with a monumental, glorious performance of Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. Another one for the record books.
- The Herald Scotland
This was conductor Christian Kluxen's last concert with the RSNO [Royal Scottish National Orchestra], and I doubt if he could have signed off more significantly. His interpretation of the Wagner Meistersinger Overture drew out every delicious morsel taking equal care over the well-loved Hebrides. Most importantly, he kept the perfect balance between voice and instrumentalists, with the choir especially benefiting from his sympathetic approach.
- The Dundee Courier
Christian Kluxen, the RSNO’s Assistant Conductor, embraced the two extremes of the work [Ravel: La Valse], conjuring playing of glimmering sheen from the strings in the main body while creating a foggy, almost primordial sound out of the opening bars... [Strauss: Rosenkavalier Suite]: Kluxen came into his own here, too, shaping the waltzes with lovely use of rubato to make them sound organic and alive. The highlight of the reading, however, was the music of the final trio and duet, rich and sensuous, melding seriousness with rapt beauty as it simultaneously suggests love and loss. Kluxen has an endearing energy about him which seems to fit lighter music particularly well, but his shaping of this great passage proved that he is just as capable of making something great out of music of weight and complexity.
- Seen and Heard International
The orchestra [Norrköping Symphony Orchestra] delivered a stylish drama through Christian Kluxen who listened in, corrected and braced [Nielsen: Violin Concerto]. ... [Sibelius: Symphony No. 5]: The orchestra offered a symphonic substance, fairly tightly held and with a dry sound that, even in the most edgy sections, were warmed with a lyrical shimmer. The woodwind figurations in the second movement, offered elegance and flowing softness. Conductor Kluxen works well with the dynamic refinements and balanced tempo changes and the activity of the third movement had a calm, dignified and saturated finish.
Christian Kluxen, the newly appointed assistant conductor of the RSNO, took hold of the young musicians and evidently understood their needs, his confidence and passion filtering through his baton to the orchestra [RCS Symphony Orchestra] as they tackled a demanding programme with technical assurance.... the highlight was Nielsen’s Symphony No 2, which showcased the musicians at their best, Kluxen exploiting the orchestra’s rich sound to find intricate details within each movement.
- The Herald Scotland
Christian Kluxen, here conducting the piece [Sibelius Symphony No. 5] for the first time, showed impressive ability to shape the music with an eye to the long view, especially with the great spans of the outer movements. He also wasn’t afraid to go to extremes of dynamic levels, barely audible violin tremolos in the second movement but roof-raising climaxes in the finale.
- Seen and Heard International
Guest conductor Christian Kluxen lead the Philharmonic [Die Duisburger Philharmoniker] with clear gestures and formed the finale full of drive. …The Philharmonic played very loosened and elated. Especially for Kluxen and [pianist] Till Engels there were a lot of applause.
- Der Westen