Slipped Disc

Tue 10 Dec 2019

CBSO at Symphony Hall ★★★★

"The CBSO’s assistant conductor Jaume Santonja Espinós chose Xavier Montsalvatge’s 5 Canciones negras  and the Suites 1 & 2 from Falla’s ballet The Three-Cornered Hat – where he instantly communicated his love of them to us – and the CBSO eloquently conjured up the dances’ stamping rhythms, heat, humour and hectic gaiety. Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7 is wonderfully deft and deceptively simple, with dark undertones; like Dickens’ writings on childhood. Espinós balanced ebullience, the lashings of percussion and the final madcap gallop, with pathos; its quiet ending with death as the winding down of a music box mechanism."

La Nueva España

Sat 22 Jun 2019

La OSPA llena y brilla en el Auditorio para celebrar el Día Europeo de la Música

El director Jaume Santonja lidera a la sinfónica en un concierto lleno de melodías populares.

Los asistentes, encantados con la elección, fueron el cómplice perfecto de la OSPA y del joven director Jaume Santonja, que aseguraron el éxito de la jornada.[…] Jaume Santonja, muy enérgico en el podio, fue comedido en la elección del "tempo" a lo largo de todo el programa, y muy aplaudido al término del concierto. Parece existir buena compenetración entre los profesores de la OSPA y el joven maestro.[…] Un concierto memorable para la OSPA, tanto por el éxito de la convocatoria como por la calidad que ofreció.”

1. HOY Diario Extremadura - 2. Beckmesser

Thu 2 May 2019

Jaume Santonja

1. Jaume Santonja was specially brilliant during his performance in front of the Orchestra of Extremadura. He conducted with a flawless manner and brought the orchestra though paths of good taste and moderation.[…] 

[...] Santonja confirmed his category as a conductor with Baber's "Symphony 1 for orchestra, Opus 9". After being two years assistant conductor of the Orchestra of Extremadura, he conducted with the skilled manner and closeness of someone who conducts in his own orchestra, but at the same time, with a Swiss precision and a great exactitude for the dynamics [...]

[...] Santonja maintained the lyricism of the whole piece, developing sensational musical perspectives and textures. In conclusion, the evening musical event was really enjoyable. 

 

2. Jaume Santonja is one of the most international young talent of Spanish musical scene. He conducts with ease, naturalness, efficiency and knowledge.