“Wall of sound” is hardly a term you’d usually associate with the buoyant, translucent playing of a 40-piece chamber orchestra. But it perfectly captures what visiting German conductor Clemens Schuldt achieved in his big, powerful, forcefully projected performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He made for a fascinating figure on the podium, dancing and swaying along to the music, at times simply letting the SCO players get on with it with just a few tiny, cursory gestures, only to explode into action at key moments. And his results – certainly in the closing Beethoven Symphony No. 4 – were quite simply thrilling.[...]

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The Scotsman

David Kettle, 8 April 2022

[Clemens Schuldt] ran a welcome shot of electricity through the symphonies that bookended the concert. The orchestra played Mozart’s Symphony No 34 with razor-sharp attack in the outer movements, and Haydn’s Symphony No 90 glowed from its buoyant first movement through to its false ending, Haydn’s most outrageous musical joke.

The Times

Simon Thompson, 6 May 2019

Schuldt has a lovely flowing approach to this music (Haydn…), which allows for some quite lush, extravagant phrasing while never denying the lessons learned from period performance.

Herald Scotland

Keith Bruce, 6 May 2019

[...] the orchestral brilliance of his performance was undeniable.

The Guardian

Andrew Clements - 23 April 2018

Clemens Schuldt […] got a grip on the orchestral shape so as to provide a triumphal recapitulation in the first movement, as well as a blissful string tone in the second.


Simon Thompson - 2 February 2018

Clemens Schuldt directed the SCO in a truly exceptional Stravinsky Pulcinella – crisp, driven, richly textured, and giving so many of the orchestra’s musicians the chance to shine as soloists.

The Scotsman

David Kettle - 6 May 2017