April 10, 2019


Clarity in the Jungle: Liszt – Italie

“ Thomas Wise, Head of Music at Bonn Opera and an excellent pianist, was an ideal musical broker of the composed italian art and travel impressions. Wise understands how to create atmosphere through beautiful sound shadings, how to bring clarity into the jungle of virtuosic complexity, showing the decorative as well as the abysmal.” ‘Les jeux d´eau á la Villa d´Este´ turned into impressionistic sound magic. ‘Il Penseroso,’ the harmonically daring composition based on a sculpture in the Medici chapel became a grumbling funeral march. The great Dante – Fantasy posessed vehemence and melancholy. –The audience was enraptured.

– Ulrich Bumann, General-Anzeiger, Bonn, January 21, 2015

Thais: “…the Beethoven Orchester Bonn as well as the Chorus of the Bonn Opera (Chorusmaster: Volkmar Olbrich) under the musical direction of Thomas Wise hold the tension in throughout the whole work in a remarkable way… a seamless performance which brought the audience to their feet.”

– Dr. Bernd und Cecilie Kregel, Weltexpress, July 2, 2014

“…Schubert’s last Piano Sonata in B-flat major, a work of endless Melody, with it´s length of almost 50 minutes, brings with it the challenge of holding musical tension over a long timespan. Wise succeeded extraordinarily in this, with great calmness of expression and a reflective, singing character. Feeling for color and nuance (also in the fluctuation of Tempi) are cornerstones of his playing, whether in the intimate inwardness of the first movement, or the almost porcelain-sounding Scherzo. It was a highly concentrated interpretation of mild wistfulness. Many bravi for the pianist in the Bonn opera foyer.”

– Ulrich Bumann, General-Anzeiger, Bonn, February 27, 2013

Schubert ‘Winterreise’: “Wise drew this development in the piano – lyric flow and black shape. That makes Schubert´s ‘Winterreise’ so terrible and so moving, the light-dark changings, the cold from without, that seeps within. He was perfect on this evening. The ‘Lindenbaum’ – introduction to the folksong is not often heard on this level; beautiful, but as in all things Bidermeier full of hidden dark foreboding.”

– H.D.Terschüren, February 13, 2013, Bonner Rundschau

“Thomas Wise was the ideal partner, who, with the most beautiful nuances of tone, created an independent part on the piano equivalent to symphonic worlds.” (Mahler Liederabend with baritone Aris Argiris)

– General-Anzeiger, Bonn, December 20, 2011

“Virtuosity from the Farthest Edge” (Headline Lizst evening)

– Bonner Rundschau, November 16, 2011

“An extremely gifted pianist with a real flair for concertizing…remarkably fine and profound musicianship…”

– György Sándor

“His analytical capabilities allow him to realize the most complicated works in the shortest time…Thomas Wise´s big musicianship is coupled to an extraordinary technique.”

– Aloys Kontarsky

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Press Reaction to Powder Her Face in Bonn

“…Thomas Wise`s sovereign leadership of the 15-man, very engaged orchestra was more than convincing…”

– Berlin, die Tageszeitung, March 21, 2007

“… the musicians of the Beethoven Orchestra under Thomas Wise deliver a concentrated reading…”

– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March 22, 2007

“…the singers and orchestra fill the colorful score with virtuosic life. The musicians of the Beethoven Orchester and their conductor Thomas Wise have audible joy with the vibrant score and are rewarded – together with the rest of the cast – with much applause …”

– Bonn, General-Anzeiger, March 17, 2007

“…it all has pizazz and a touch of depth and is held at an exquisite trot by the musicians of the Beethoven Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Wise.”

– Essen, Neue Ruhr Zeitung, March 20, 2007

“…musically everything runs at best under Thomas Wise´s direction…”

– Rhein-Lahn-Zeitung, March 17, 2007

Die Zauberflöte: “The very Overture is all joyful expectation; Thomas Wise is not only quickly underway with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, but pointedly, with verve and dancing elegance.”

– General-Anzeiger, Bonn, December, 2008

Hansel & Gretel: “…an opera for small and big people alike, as the musical potency is brilliantly weighed out through Thomas Wise at the helm of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Humperdinck´s forest-wandering Wagner-veneration is not the only winner…singer-friendly breathing in the orchestra pit.”

– General-Anzeiger, Bonn, November 2007

A Midsummernight´s Dream: “The complete emsemble, the well-studied children´s and junior chorus as well as the well dispositioned Beethoven Orchestra Bonn gave under Thomas Wise´direction an excellent performance.”

– General-Anzeiger, Bonn, September 2006

Kokain (world premiere): “Thomas Wise conducted the Beethoven Orchestra with much feeling for subtle atmospheres.”

– Die Welt, Berlin, March 2005

“Thomas Wise and the Beethoven orchestra proved to be excellent translators of a score, which knows and applies all genres of e-music.”

– Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf, March 2005

Ives Complete Works for Violin & Piano: “There are moments of quiet epiphany which Wakabayashi and Wise bring off breathtaking intensity and beauty of sound.”

– BBC Music Magazine (++++/++++ rating)