Concert reviews: 3 February 2018

On Saturday 3 February 2018 we launched Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey, our festival exploring Stravinsky's music in chronological order throughout 2018, with a programme of Stravinsky's earliest published works alongside music by Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert was conducted by LPO Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski and featured soloists Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Angharad Lyddon (mezzo-soprano). Read the reviews below:

★★★★☆ ‘This opening of Changing Faces was certainly a reminder that, in Vladimir Jurowski, the LPO boasts the most forensically brilliant of music directors. Jurowski made some fascinating connections here’ John Allison, The Telegraph, 4 February 2018

‘There was an element of a real treat about this evening ... It is difficult to imagine the piece handled better than by Jurowski, particularly in his handling of the phenomenally balanced climaxes ... a simply superb, generous, concert. Each and every part of this series will be eagerly anticipated.’ Colin Clarke, seenandheard-international.com, 5 February 2018

★★★★☆ ‘Meticulously prepared by Jurowski and vividly animated by mezzo-soprano Angharad Lyddon’ Anna Picard, The Times, 6 February 2018

★★★★★ ‘Here was a refreshingly different concert ... Jurowski and the LPO ensured a revelation’ Colin Anderson, classicalsource.com, 3 February 2018

★★★★☆ ‘In the first instalment of a year-long traversal of the works of Stravinsky, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was blessed to have at its helm one of the most inspired standard-bearers of adventurous planning, its Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski ... there’s a good statistical chance that tonight’s audience will never again hear this rewarding combination of lesser-known pieces played live in an identical sequence during their lifetime.’ Alexander Hall, bachtrack.com, 4 February 2018

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