“Conductor Ben Gernon had by this time distinguished himself as a musician able to handle the most difficult contemporary scores, and as a concerto accompanist of rare tact. In the closing performance of Brahms’s 2nd Symphony, he showed he has ideas too. He gave the first movement a decisive swinging energy with startlingly strong rhythmic accents, and shaped the finale cunningly so as to make the final peroration deliriously exciting."
The Telegraph July 2018
“...the Philharmonic’s strings and principal wind offered the softest and most pastel-smudged of blends. Here was all the lightness and grace of Brahms’ summer vision; delicately phrased arpeggios in the violins, fluttering pizzicatos from the cellos. Playing a long game, Gernon held his forces right back until the final movement, releasing them at last into ebullient movement.”
The Arts Desk July 2018