"Stephen Stirling, who has played principal horn in my orchestra (City of London Sinfonia) since 1990 is one of the most original talents I have experienced. He is a player gifted with the utmost sensitivity and imagination, which is shown through the beautiful way he shapes musical phrases and the extraordinary range of colours he employs."
"an outstandingly agile horn soloist"
"He made it all seem so easy"
"und immer wieder der warme klang des Hornisten Stephen Stirling, der Ruhe und Freundlichkeit verbreitete" (again and again the warm sound of the horn player Stephen Stirling spread calm and friendliness).
"In the Beethoven Horn Sonata we heard a truly noble performance from Stephen Stirling and Diana Ambache. Stirling is a player of manifest authority , and his account of the varied moods unveiled in this glorious work was enthralling in its warmth and marvellous in its technical mastery"
"Stephen Stirling ... made me think of wood-notes wild, that's to say of the older waldhorn which Brahms intended"
"These concertos are splendidly played"
"The talented Stephen Stirling"
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