Flowers for the bugle
“… Ulrich Kern brought the work to sharp contours, let the brass player shine and the bass thump. (...) The applause and the pounding of the audience in the sold-out hall was a clear sign. More of this fresh color!“
Sächsische Zeitung 20.10.2018, Karsten Blüthgen (about Sibelius‘ 2. Symphony)
"…Here, as a master, Kern confirms, more clearly, more decisively, the thematic threads of neatly tracing structuring, which leads the Philharmonic Orchestra to a convincing, multifaceted interpretation of the symphony. (Schumann, 2nd Symphony, Notes, ed.)”.
Rhein-Zeitung, 31.05.2017, Lieselotte Sauer-Kaulbach
"… Ulrich Kern rise to the top-form in this suite, he dances the pieces formally on his conductor's podium ..."
Sächsische Zeitung 03.01.17, Jens Daniel Schubert
"Kern gave the orchestra wings, always balancing the registers harmoniously. Dynamically, we could hear the melodies in flight, "light and mellifluous", just as their inventor himself heard them in 1878. (Editor's note: Brahms 2nd Symphony)."
Sächsische Zeitung 24.10.2015, Karsten Blüthgen
"66 minutes of 'music by musicians' in the truest sense of the word – played in a virtuoso manner by the soloist as well as by the accompanying orchestra Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserlautern, conducted by Ulrich Kern...... The accomplished ensemble playing with sonorous refinement, musical depth and virtuoso lightness is very much impressive. C'est magnifique!"
(Stephan Froleyks, Zeitschrift „Das Orchester“, September 2014, CD „French Trombone Concertos“)
“Ulrich Kern conducted the work by heart, in a competent, superior way and with fascinating charisma. His musicians he not only could get going and motivate for a brilliant performance, he also could enthrall the audience, so that already after the first movement there were spontaneous shouts of „Bravo“.
(Sächsische Zeitung, October 19th 2013)
"Ulrich Kern conducting the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie does an excellent job“
(Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, April 8th 2013; first night of „Tod eines Bankers“)
"À la bonne heure!"
(Deutschlandfunk, November 26th 2011)
„Guest conductor Ulrich Kern was vouching in the opening und final movements for a passionately vivacious version, embossed by playful brilliance and high speed, placing special emphasis on creative development of melodic subjects. Stirring dynamic in widely upswinging passages, meticulous and filigree formulation of motive nuclei made this interpretation a particular experience.”
(Die Rheinpfalz, November 11th 2010, concert of Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, Haydn Symphonie 52)
“Magical, enchanting! – that is the appropriate expression for the interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Ulrich Kern conducting. Right from the first minutes the audience became enthusiastic, convinced, enchanted.”
("La Provence", Beethoven 9. Sinfonie in Aix-en-Provence, June 7th 2010)
„That was not only imaginatively created but also excellently performed.“
(Märkische Allgemeine, December 28th 2009, Concert with the State Orchestra Brandenburg)
"Ulrich Kern seized the opportunity to lead the orchestra to a brilliant chamber music playing, full of genuine feeling with an elegance of performance and culture which we lately had to miss very often over here."
(Thüringer Landeszeitung, May 18th 2009, Concert with the Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra)
"It continues to be a marvel, how Ulrich Kern realized to conduct his orchestra to such an achievement (...) Perhaps Mahler's First Symphony will never again be heard like this! So genuine and so authentic!"
(Schwäbisches Tagblatt, March 17th 2009, Mahler 1nd Symphony, Tübingen)
“A conductor like Ulrich Kern is welcomed by every good orchestra. For his hands have come to know the gestures of the language of music. And for this the members of an orchestra are especially grateful to him. (...) Top class!“
(Ostthüringer Zeitung, March 22nd 2008, Concert with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra)
“...finally the great surprise with Tschaikowsky’s Sixth Symphony.(...) That a young conductor, even conducting by heart, brought up as much composure to trace first the inner breath of the Adagio and then let burst into bloom the Russian Soul – that was striking!“
(Thüringer Landeszeitung, March 25th 2008, Concert with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra)
"The Bochum Symphonics (Bochumer Symphoniker) performed with young Ulrich Kern conducting. Until the final eruption the orchestra established a precise tension in between mechanical rhythm and enchanting timbre. And finally the audience cheered like mad"
(Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, May 22nd 2007; concert with the Bochum Symphonic Orchestra, concerning Ravel's "Bolero")
"... an excellent conductor"
(Siegener Zeitung, January 19th 2007, concert with the Südwestfalen Philharmonic Orchestra)
“The greatest surprise of the evening recital was the finale of Lutoslawski’s “Concerto for Orchestra”, because Ulrich Kern was successful in building up enormous peaks of tension, putting in breathless moments and powerful effects of contrasts and enchanting the complete orchestra. To be totally absorbed in dedication and bathed in perspiration is no longer a matter of course among conductors in our “cool” times. Only Wagnerians can really appreciate the rare talent which is capable of scoring musical climaxes. This extraordinary talent Ulrich Kern possesses – and is the potential of a genius.”
(„Klassik in Berlin“, June 17th 2006, concert with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin)
„Ulrich Kern conducted the orchestra as if he had done nothing else since he was a child. Like an experienced general he lead his army to victory. He knew the full score by heart and with every gesture reflected his deep knowledge of the music. What is more, however, was his engaging aesthetic appearance. The musicians rewarded him by playing superbly. And this brought a storm of applause from the audience. Ulrich Kern – a name to be well remembered in the future!”
(Ostthüringer Zeitung, 04.02.2005, Concert with the Jena Philharmonic Orchetra)
“Ulrich Kern conducted Antonin Dvoràk’s Eight Symphony by heart. This would be only an exterior aspect, if there had not been behind it a conception of inner dynamics and conclusion from the beginning to the end: Inspired strings, noble winds, breathtaking pianissimo in the adagio movement and the setting-out – a fascinating action – no less than the structure of the finale. Bravo!”
(Thüringer Landeszeitung, February 4th 2005, concert with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra)