Excerpt From the Dutch Press
Arnhem Philharmonic (Het Gelders Orkest)
Gisèle Ben-Dor, conductor, with Pascal Devoyon, piano
Works of Smetena, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius
Ben-Dor Knows What She Wants and How to Get It
By Tom Ruijfrok
The Uruguayan-Israeli, Gisèle Ben-Dor, is proof of the fact that whatever reason one can think of for the small number of women conductors can be called a fairytale ... Ben-Dor, not impeded by her nearly complete pregnancy, showed in Sibelius' Second Symphony a firm and extremely fixed direction that kept the HGO musicians constantly alert ... Ben-Dor fairly moulded the orchestra to her will ... ample attention for even the slightest detail in the brass section ... she knows exactly what she wants to achieve and she succeeds in doing so ... This was the work of a perfectionist. Ben-Dor is a musician in heart and soul ... She can really measure up to her most famous colleagues.