Concert reviews: 3 March 2018

On Saturday 3 March 2018 Sir Antonio Pappano led a performance of Elgar's In The South, Brahms's Symphony No. 2, and Strauss's Four Last Songs with soprano Diana Damrau. Read the reviews below:

★★★★☆ ‘With Pappano as sympathetic to the voice as ever, vocal and instrumental lines combined and interwove seamlessly ... orchestral textures were fluid as well as expansive ... [in the Brahms] the strings seized their lyrical opportunities, not least in the first movement, with horns also in glorious voice' Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 5 March 2018

★★★★☆ ‘Pappano and the LPO, superbly refined, immaculately balanced, kept the orchestra’s own wordless song — a crucial part of the work’s magic — consistently supple and beautiful’ Geoff Brown, The Times, 5 March 2018

★★★★★ ‘Distinctive and illuminating music-making, the LPO responding vividly, mellifluously and differently’ Colin Anderon, classicalsource.com, 4 March 2018

‘The balance between singer and orchestra seemed ideal ... leader Peter Schoeman and first horn David Pyatt certainly gave everything I could have ever wanted to their moments in the solo spotlight’ Sebastian Scotney, bachtrack.com, 4 March 2018

‘High expectations of Pappano’s Brahms in the second half of the concert were fulfilled ... a refreshingly thoughtful performance’ Alan Sanders, seenandheard-international.com, 4 March 2018

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