Concert reviews: 11 April 2018

On Wednesday 11 April Thomas Adès conducted the UK premiere of his own Powder Her Face Suite, the London premiere of Gerald Barry's Organ Concerto with Thomas Trotter, and Stravinsky's Perséphone with Toby Spence, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, the London Philharmonic Choir and Trinity Boys Choir. Read the reviews below:

★★★★☆ ‘This was a performance full to the brim of the decadence pervading Adès’ lavish score ... Adès and the superb LPO blazed a trail through incandescent outbursts and reflective sobriety’ Mark Thomas, bachtrack.com, 12 April 2018

★★★★☆ ‘A programme of three enterprising parts, dazzling, wacky and rarefied ... [Powder Her Face Suite] is an orchestral sizzler, as if this is how the music always wanted to be’ Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 12 April 2018

‘The Concerto is a riot of sound contrasts ... Thomas Trotter, the LPO and Adès gave a hugely energetic and committed performance’  Alan Sanders, seenandheard-international.com, 12 April 2018

★★★★☆ ‘A sense of statuesque spectacle ... in Stravinsky’s opaque drama Perséphone, Kristin Scott Thomas delivered Perséphone’s spoken narration in icy, impeccably accented French’ Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 12 April 2018

‘Adès’s direction was a masterclass ... the LPO proved how at home it is in the varieties of Stravinsky’s style' Peter Reed, classicalsource.com, 12 April 2018

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