Oliver Gilmour has made several distinguished recordings of Mozart, Schubert and Schumann symphonies. His recordings have been singled out consistently for the orchestral sound which has been described variously as “excellent”, “outstanding”, “superb” and “balanced to perfection”.
More importantly, they have been described as “readings of character” and, in comparative reviews, “more spontaneous with plenty of zest (than Abbado) and “definitely preferable in spirit and commitment to the only current rival, Muti with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra”.
“His opening attack on the Haffner Symphony took my breath away…his are recordings of character” — Music and Musicians, 1989
“The Gilmour disc… brings excellent sound –arguably better than any here…the playing of the St. John’s Orchestra is unfailingly neat, crisp and transparent.. There is zest and spontaneity…and the fast movements are so crisp and bold. As a recording debut, it is all very creditable, and with outstanding sound…” — Gramophone, May 1989
“…with plenty of zest and more spontaneous than Abbado” — Gramophone, review of Schubert Symphony
“…definitely preferable in spirit and commitment to the only current rival, Muti with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.” — Records and Recordings, review of Schumann’s Symphony