"An evening of extraordinarily focused and yet entirely spontaneous-sounding music-making ... Intensely serious and demanding [Shostakovich] benefited from the conductor's concentration on steady pacing rather than hell-for-leather optimism."
Guardian, five stars
"In addition to all the teenage brilliance on show here, the success of the NYO’s latest programme was due in no small measure to Prieto... Commanding [Shostakovich Symphony No.5's] structure impressively, Prieto unleashed the NYO in a searing performance in which everyone gave their brilliant best."
Telegraph, five stars
"With no intention to write about the event, I found myself too astonished to keep quiet by the brilliant work of Carlos Miguel Prieto… it was easily the best sequence [of concert movements from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet] I’ve heard in the concert hall."
"Prieto and the orchestra entered fully into the supercharged energy of the music, making as much of its tender lyricism as they did of its convulsive rhythms and clashing tonalities."
"[Prieto's] conducting was fantastically physical, with an intense sense of momentum and power behind it."