Concert reviews: 27 January 2018

On Saturday 27 January 2018 we celebrated 10 years of our partnership with LPO Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski with a gala concert performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold, launching a new semi-staged Ring Cycle to take place over the next four years. Read the full cast list here, and reviews below: 

★★★★☆ ‘This concert cycle of Wagner’s Ring is worth waiting for; Jurowski’s measured interpretation is revelatory ... The gain in detail, clarity and projection, compared with the generalised cushion of background sound when the score is played in a theatre pit, is exhilarating ... Yet never were the singers drowned: a miracle of balance.’  Richard Morrison, The Times, 29 January 2018

★★★☆☆ ‘Everything was scrupulously precise, squeaky-clean in its exposure of instrumental lines and immaculately managed in terms of dynamics and tempi ... But the music seemed policed rather than liberated, lacking in grandeur and fantasy and inner life.’ Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 28 January 2018

★★★★☆ ‘Jurowski's conducting had great urgency but was never unduly swift, leaving space for the cumulative tensions to register and climactic moments to hit home. The LPO’s playing was often formidable in its detail and dramatic fire and there were numerous high points ... the evening belonged to Jurowski and his orchestra, who were simply outstanding.’ Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 28 January 2018

★★★★★ ‘The real atmosphere creation came from the orchestra though, on blazing form under Jurowski’s very clear, minimal gestures ... The whole work was in fact impeccably sculpted by Jurowski, his sense of detail just as keen as his projection of the structure ... the level of surface detail, particularly in the strings, was nothing short of miraculous.’ Colin Clarke, seenandheard-international.com, 28 January 2018

★★★☆☆ ‘An exquisite traversal of Wagner’s orchestrations, but never a thing of flesh and blood.’ Mark Valencia, bachtrack.com, 28 January 2018

‘Jurowski led the LPO in a lithe and lucid account of the score, often drawing vivid, iridescent colours from the instruments, and not only for the sequence accompanying the rainbow bridge where the glistening timbre of six harps sounded evocatively through the luminous texture.’ Curtis Rogers, classicalsource.com, 28 January 2018

★★★☆☆ ‘Just how ahead of his time Wagner was with the impressionism in which the Rhinemaidens swim and the modernistic textures out of which Loge flickers emerged supremely well here ... Meanwhile, there's no rest for the LPO's Music Director in his tenth superb year; it's on to a brilliantly-planned Stravinsky festival in less than a week's time.’ David Nice, theartsdesk.com, 28 January 2018

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