Hungarian showpieces full of impressive energy and commitment
'Miller took the finale at a terrific speed, the orchestra responding with busy energy and the music almost seemed to fall over itself at times, but the control and concentrated power of the orchestra was impressive.'
— Robert Hugill,
'Miller’s performance is simply stunning and gives the work the fair trial that Bristow and his compatriots argued they deserved.'
'Excellent musicianship – from composer, conductor and players alike'
— Douglas Shadle, Vanderbilt University,
Nineteenth-Century Music Review
Rebecca Miller inspires the Royal Northern Sinfonia to play with captivating spontaneity, heartfelt phrasing and immaculate internal balancing, enhanced by impactful sonics from Simon Fox-Gál. A winner. Read More...
— Julian Haylock,
BBC Music Magazine
These Royal Northern Sinfonia performances are first class: while the American conductor Rebecca Miller sets convincing tempos and secures the crispest ensemble, she has also evidently taken immense care over nuances of phrasing and the players respond accordingly. Read More...
— Bayan Northcott,
BBC Music Magazine
Miller displays an unerring sense of suspenseful anticipation and comes through with authority. This new CD is both revelatory and triumphant. Read More...
— Scott MacClelland,
Performing Arts Monterey Bay
Very close to five stars... Miller [has a] novel approach... this 59 could well be top of the pile... and 53 may also be the best on record. Read More...
— A S Chalmers,
These admirable performances make a worthwhile addition to the catalogue of the often-neglected middle-period symphonies. Miller fields a well-drilled string band of 24 players and allows her horn players off the leash to provide all the effects Haydn dreamt up for them – especially in the glorious high registers of the Fire Symphony. Flute and timpani add to a larger palette of sounds and the grandeur of the work seems to suit Miller’s imaginative approach, with some especially effective phrasing. Read More...
— David Threasher,
Gramophone Review - Haydn Symphonies
Performances from the BBC Concert Orchestra under the American conductor Rebecca Miller are finely judged and nicely virtuoso. Read More...
— Tim Ashley,
Gramophone Review - Henry Hadley
CPE Bach Symphonies makes Editor's Choice list
'If you’re still a CPE novice, I can’t think of a better introduction to his brand of inspired eccentricity than these terrific, high-octane performances, live in every sense.' Read More...
— Richard Wigmore,
The OAE under Rebecca Miller play with an accuracy and passion that's infectious: this is among the most exciting, adrenalin-filled period instrument recordings you'll hear. Read More...
— Graham Rickson,
The Arts Desk
Rebecca Miller leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in fearless performances... Play these a couple at a time–they look alike but each deserves scrutiny. Like chocolate truffles. Read More...
— Robert Levine,
Here the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the spirited direction of Rebecca Miller plays five of CPE Bach’s symphonies...there is, in the central slow movements of these symphonies, a quality of expressiveness and sensitivity – usually referred to by the German noun Empfindsamkeit – that these interpretations appreciate with the same acuity that marks their approach to the more propulsive music. Read More...
— Geoffrey Norris,
The OAE’s infectious performance fizzes with energy, delighting in Bach’s volatile moods: blistering virtuoso writing sizzles, while calmer passages are buoyant and bright. Read More...
— Katy Wright,
It is not possible to see the sparks, but you can certainly hear them. The music’s ebullient sense of discovery courses through the performances and the live recording is vivid. Read More...
— Richard Fairman,
— Hugh Canning,
The Sunday Times - Essential New Release
These five symphonies remind us why we should be enjoying his music regularly, not just in his 300th birthday year. Read More...
— Richard Morrison,
The Times (London)
...The performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 was the best of the lot.... the pacing of the first movement was near perfection, so intelligent and dramatically fulfilling. This is a superb orchestra with an exceptional director, Rebecca Miller. Read More...
— Steve Crowther,
This was the first time I've been to a concert with a 10.30am kick-off, but then this was the first of its kind. Nor did the inaugural Sport Prom turn out to be merely a game of two halves (although there was half-time, also known as the interval) but more like a party celebrating an adrenalin-load of multifarious sporting achievements. Presented by Gabby Logan, herself formerly a rhythmic gymnast, in conversation with famous names from the sporting world, lots of parallels were drawn between the teamwork of sports stars and that of music-makers, and today's BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus, under the bubbly direction of Rebecca Miller, certainly brought life, soul and heart. Read More...
— Katherine Dixson,
Sporting earworms and classical treats made this a solid debut for the sport-themed Prom.
As a recruiting tool, this young person’s guide to the orchestra was itself a solid Proms debut.Conducted by a swaggering Rebecca Miller, the BBCCO supplied plenty of rousing fffs and some lovely ppps in Ravel’s Une barque sur l’océan and Waldteufel’s waltz The Skaters. Read More...
— Jasper Rees,
A forgotten revolutionary? The OAE and Rebecca Miller play CPE Bach
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, under the utterly brilliant, enthusiastic direction of Rebecca Miller, highlighted [the differences in CPE Bach's compositional style] at every turn with some wonderfully astute and animated playing; [the orchestra] proved itself eminently suited to playing these gamechanging works. As any good concert should, it has given me fuel to go and explore the often overlooked CPE Bach’s output in greater detail – surely a sign of a successful concert.
— Julia Savage,
The OAE met vigour with vigour. Strings scurried, horns whooped, sudden fortissimos slashed the air - all spiritedly stirred by the American conductor Rebecca Miller, a miracle of perpetual motion herself. Read More...
— Geoff Brown,
The Times (London)
— Ivan Hewett,
Rebecca Miller, who left her native Santa Cruz to gain fame in Britain, Mexico and Korea... made clear that she is a thoroughly seasoned pro, highly energetic and plainly ambitious... her conducting choreography is highly communicative on both sides of the proscenium. Read More...
— Scott MacClelland,
Performing Arts Monterey Bay
Rebecca Miller dynamically led the Santa Cruz Symphony in this season's final concert Sunday afternoon at Watsonville's Mello Center....[her] gracefully energetic conducting included a multitude of cueing signals -- visually informative to audience as well as to players. Read More...
— Phyllis Rosenblum,
Santa Cruz Sentinel
'Miller conveys, in a very natural manner, the music's emotional charge, thanks to her great expressiveness.' Read More...
Rebecca fortified extensive leadership skills and textual analysis.... with vigorous gestures of command, she knew how to appropriately polish a soliloquy in which memories of tropical nature and human warmth happen... Seasoned in the classical scene, Rebecca obtained from her musicians the elegant gallantry that is essential in this classical concerto.... Another achievement of the guest conductor was to recreate that frenetic picture of diabolical celebration in form of hysterics. Read More...
— Jorge H. Álvarez Rendón,
Rebecca Miller captivated us with her stage presence and technical interpretation. Her resume is impressive, but must be seen in action, with her energetic and swaying style, commanding our orchestra and continually attentive to its needs.
— Roldan Peniche Barrera,
Maestra Miller's conducting was crisp as the Autumn air, exceedingly energetic, and confidently capable....Miller and the orchestra were impressively engaged in the distinctively difficult score.... Read More...
— Jon Busdeker,
'Musically fascinating with a hypnotic baton technique, Rebecca Miller is a major talent. With enormous energy Miller vitalizes the thirst for freedom that Beethoven pours into his magnificent 'Eroica' Symphony...elegant without being overly refined, her reading is triumphant. Miller's revelatory interpretations, her ability to lead with warmth and conviction, and the Reno Philharmonic's high level of achievement under her direction make these two Rebecca Miller concerts very special events.'
— Jack Neal,
With Rebecca Miller at the podium, the performance [of Messiah] revealed a taut, emotionally charged masterpiece. It brought repeated cheers from a packed house and showed why Miller, at age 31, already has earned international prizes and critical raves for her work in London and Houston. Miller's careful control of dynamics and phrasing let one hear every word of the text and the chorus, closely reined by Miller, never mumbled in complex contrapuntal passages, never swamped things in the thunderous climaxes.'
Chris Waddington, The Times-Picayune (Louisiana) Read More...
— Chris Waddington,
Times-Picayune (New Orleans)