If the guest baton of Juan José Mena had surprised us in Luis de Pablo (…), in Brahm’s 4th, Mena took the excellent professors of the RTVE Symphony through well known paths with confidence, in a great display of energy, obtaining an extraordinary quality of the strings….
…Juanjo Mena conducted this and the rest of the pieces in the programme with confident criteria, richness in shades and great preciseness brightened by fantasy…
The Washington Post
Guest Conductor Juanjo Mena supplied unflagging energy, musicality and clarity. He also led a well-paced, alluring "Bolero" and captured the feel of the smoky cafe tabletop dance, conducting with the knees and hips but never becoming wild or sacrificing authority.