INTERNATIONAL Critical acclaim


‘Blond, young and fabulous are the words to describe the conductor Grzegorz Nowak.’   

Il Tempo, Rome

Grzegorz Nowak is certainly one of the most remarkable conductors… the galvanized orchestra [Montreal Symphony] gave a prodigious performance.’   

La Presse, Montréal

‘Grzegorz Nowak proved his authority leading the Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia in Szymanowski Overture, conducted with precision, fire and passion, emphasising lyrical and passionate dimensions of this score… In the ‘Italian’ Symphony, musicians of Sinfonia Varsovia, lead by Nowak’s vigorous, fluid, light and lively direction, are filled with energy and follow suggestive gestures of their conductor of deeply romantic temperament.’

Michel Le Naour, Le Journal, Salle Pleyel, Paris

‘Stylish and luminous… exquisitely poised… idiomatic and brilliant.’  

The Financial Times, London

‘It would be difficult to imagine a more compelling presentation. The musicians of the Montreal Symphony seemed inspired.’   

The Gazette, Montreal

‘The orchestra… was magnificent under Grzegorz Nowak's direction… Rarely has Tivoli Symphony Orchestra sounded with such a surplus of refinement and richness of color.’   

Jyllands-Posten, Copenhagen

‘Grzegorz Nowak, principal associate conductor of the London Philharmonic, who for a long time has a brilliant international career, was so convincing that immediately won us over. From Allegro vivace everything was enchanting: balance of sound, clear musical lines, energy of gestures. Andante con moto is not diluted into excessive slowness, it flows like a source. In sparkling final Saltarello the conductor presents himself both as master of colour and rhythm, precise but flexible, with attention to details. Definitely one likes very much this chamber approach and yet generous, supple and structured. Mendelssohn’s work confirmed the technique and temperament already demonstrated in Concert Overture by Szymanowski whose Dionysian and conquering exaltation, very Strauss-like in spirit, could not have found a better interpreter. Pushed to the limits with lively tempos, the orchestra followed their conductor unabated… in Second Concerto of Chopin the orchestra, so often confined to condescending support, was especially pointed – one could recognise the hand of a conductor with operatic experience.’

Didier van Moere,, Salle Pleyel, Paris

‘Symphony Comes Alive Under Nowak… Nowak elicited a brilliance and depth from the orchestra… restored the magic and innocent ebullience.’  

Los Angeles Times

‘Mr. Nowak has the capacity to enchant the audience… exquisitely done.’  

The Telegraph, Liverpool

‘ONE OF THE BEST Already the very beginning of Saturday’s concert of the Warsaw National Philharmonic proved that Grzegorz Nowak, eminent Polish conductor working mostly abroad, can draw from this ensemble a superb, noble sound. The orchestra played with uncommon precision and determination… The symphonic poem Returning Waves of Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, full of thunderous culminations and beautiful musical details, was interpreted and performed impeccably, vividly and with excellent narrative pace… In the 1st Violin Concerto of Szymanowski…the soloist always remained within boundaries of good taste, playing stormy passages with bravura and lyric episodes with fantasy. Refined articulation, rich color of her violin, sounding in middle register like a warm overflowing wave — all this finely laced with impressive sound from the orchestra, produced ravishing effects. The soloist and the conductor equally honored composer's romantic nature as well as his innovative musical thought. Exposing ecstatic qualities of the work, Grzegorz Nowak flawlessly guided the rhythmic discipline, ensemble precision and sound balance of the instrumental groups. As the result, we were treated to the best interpretation of this masterpiece on Polish concert stages in years… Grzegorz Nowak also managed to present the changing and capricious character of Rachmaninoff’s last composition in a superb manner, skillfully contrasting light and graceful passages with dramatic sections. The entire work was thoughtfully paced, and the orchestra once again impressed with its noble sound as well as precision and energy.’  

Bartosz Kaminski, Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw

‘Stylish, brilliant and sovereign interpretation.’   

Der Landbote, Winterthur 

‘Standing ovation… Superb orchestra under a sovereign baton of Grzegorz Nowak was precise, immaculate and expressive.’  

Volker Milch, Wiesbadener Tagblatt

‘Orchestra of the Polish National Opera played convincingly under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak with drive and knowledge of multilayered facets of this tension-rich score. Nowak stressed not only effects, but also worked out delicate and intimate musical details. Performance was impeccable, assured and with great precision. Proper balance between stage and orchestra was always maintained."  

Lars-Erik Gerth, Maintal Tageszeiger

‘Grzegorz Nowak sovereignly conducted the National Opera Orchestra’

Stefan Schickhaus, Frankfurter Rundschau

‘At the podium was Grzegorz Nowak… He conducted a brilliant and very musical performance full of color, sensibility and high precision, reliably engaging the National Opera Orchestra to provide assured accompaniment to singers.’  

Rita Steiner-Rinneberg, Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung

‘You must get this disc… dispatched with panache and imagination by a conductor… playing of the orchestra is well up to the best. Had this collection been issued by Hyperion, music-lovers outside Poland would have been snapping this up in hundreds. Don't let this collection slip past.’   

Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

‘Nowak… had a firm grip on the score's potential for liquid line and colorful sonority… the performance virtually oozed with excitement.’   

The Buffalo News 

‘This is the finest recording of The Seven Deadly Sins currently available… The whole performance is simply marvelous… Nowak conducts the Kaiserslautern orchestra with a perfect feeling for Weill's brittle, sardonic idiom, and the recording has unusual clarity and impact… it would be difficult to imagine a snappier, more alert performance.’ 

David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday, London 

‘Edmonton Symphony Orchestra brought in numerous fine soloists, but most of the best moments involved just maestro Grzegorz Nowak and the ESO. Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, Brahms’ Tragic Overture, Berlioz’ Sinfonie Fantastique, Franck’s Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Beethoven’s Eighth all received enthralling performances.’ 

John Charles, Edmonton Sun

‘Grzegorz Nowak accompanied [Krystian Zimerman]... with flexibility and joy… the conductor makes music with a clear vision, consequent concept and energy, challenging instrumentalists and obtaining excellent results.’   

Der Bund, Bern

‘RPO season kicks off in real style. With conductor Grzegorz Nowak at the helm, it had an excellent start… a real rapport between conductor and orchestra was always apparent… Grzegorz Nowak’s intimate understanding of the music was communicated throughout to the orchestra, enabling a committed and ebullient performance.’ 

David Bunkell, Eastern Daily Press 

‘Grzegorz Nowak is that rarity… The music has colour, style, and verve in his hands… his orchestra plays with panache and beauty of tone.’ 

M.C. Passarella,

‘Nowak… uses the orchestra's obvious regard for him to build a series of truly panoramic high points.’

The Vancouver Sun 

‘A concert in the attractive Winspear Hall showed the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra to be full-toned and attentive to its talented director Grzegorz Nowak.’

Leslie Kandel, American Record Guide

‘Grzegorz Nowak marvelously revived the tragedy of ’Miraculous Mandarin’ arranging contrasting musical phrases with true mastery and presenting with brilliant passion the enormous tragedy contained in the orchestral suite.’  

Deia, Spain

‘Grzegorz Nowak… not only has impeccable gestures but, above all, imprints his vision with hot expression…conducted with assurance, conviction, elegance… magnificent version.   

El Diario Vasco

‘Nowak presented a magnificent vision of Franck Symphony… exemplary interpretation’   

El Correro Español 

‘A new Polish-born star’  

Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo

‘Maestro Simply Divine’  

John Charles, Edmonton Sun