"Judging by the enthusiastic audience that filled the hall, the first NY Phil Biennial is off to an encouraging start," said The New York Times in its review of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL's opening concert.
The Financial Times, meanwhile, gave the opening concert a rave five-star review: "The Raven, staged as part of the Biennial festival sponsored by the New York Philharmonic, celebrates the expressive powers of compression, precision and stylisation. The inherent cries and whimpers, screams and thumps, rumbles and rattles validate Poe’s despair as a matter of poetic compulsion.... There is nothing ordinary ... about the virtuosos at work here."
Honorable mention goes to Superconductor's review of The Raven — in verse.
New York Classical Review applauded the second biennial program: "From his heart-to-hearts with the Grim Reaper, which were posted on YouTube in advance of performances of Le Grand Macabre, to appearances on Sesame Street, [Alan Gilbert has] been refreshingly game for hijinks rarely undertaken by classical conductors. And that same playfulness showed through as he led a new production of HK Gruber’s cabaret opera, Gloria: A Pig’s Tale, which premiered as part of the Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thursday night."