The latest reviews of our concerts and recordings

Concert reviews: 10 April 2019

 A masterclass in musical escapism, Edward Garner's foray into the music of Debussy, Ravel and Saint-Saëns was met with critical acclaim. The Orchestra travelled to Spain, Egypt (with Stephen Hough playing Saint-Saëns's Piano Concerto No. 5), on a sea voyage and into the realm of the imagination - all from Royal Festival Hall's stage.


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Concert reviews: 5 April 2019

Nordic repertoire thundered through Royal Festival Hall on 5 April, as Osmo Vänskä conducted works by Sibelius and Grieg, headed by Arnold Bax's Tintagel - a piece steeped in Arthurian legend.Jan Lisiecki's rendition of Grieg's Piano Concerto was met with rousing applause.


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Concert reviews: 27 March 2019

Under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, the Orchestra gave a rousing performance of works by Walton, Khachaturian and Tchaikovsky, with the latter's Piano Concerto No. 1 being played by the masterful George Li.

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Concert reviews: 23 March 2019

Featuring Kian Soltani, Edward Gardner's whirlwind of a concert on 23 March was truly an event of drastic contrast - from the opening strains of Elgar's Cello Concerto to the earth-shattering finale of Mahler's First Symphony.


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Concert reviews: 2 March 2019

On March 3, the Orchestra performed Haydn's grand follow-up to The CreationThe Seasons, featuring Sophie Bevan, Mark Padmore and Andrew Foster-Williams, to critical acclaim.


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Concert reviews: 27 February 2019

To round February off, Andreas Ottensamer joined Vladimir Jurowski and the Orchestra for rousing renditions of works by Weber and Alice Mary Smith, sandwiched with Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Brahm's Second Symphony.

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Concert reviews: 30 January 2019

As January came to an end, Sir Roger Norrington joined the Orchestra for performances of Handel's Water Music suites, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, featuring Marie-Claude Chappuis, Lucy Crowe and Benjamin Appl. 

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