The latest reviews of our concerts and recordings


Concert reviews: John Mauceri conducts 'The Genius of Film Music 1960–1980'

John Mauceri

'This was no ordinary concert of film music, not limited to snatches of titles or bits of hits; this was depth, thrills and beauty on a grand scale, superbly played with virtuosity, sensitivity and relish.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 10 November 2013

On Friday 8 November at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, John Mauceri conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 'The Genius of Film Music 1960–1980', a concert of classic film scores from the period. Here are the reviews ...

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Concert reviews: Tõnu Kaljuste conducts Gubaidulina & Pärt, 6 November 2013

Sofia Gubaidulina

'Conductor and violinist held firm control over their rendition of the score and its wider emotional purpose, as Krylov maintained a consistently focused and sonorous tone (never itself harsh), and a clear dialogue with the LPO.'
Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 7 November 2013

On Wednesday 6 November at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Tõnu Kaljuste performed works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Arvo Pärt, with violin soloist Sergej Krylov and the London Philharmonic Choir. Here are the press reviews:

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CD reviews – Julian Anderson Orchestral Works (Vladimir Jurowski/Ryan Wigglesworth)

Julian Anderson CD cover

'Kaleidoscopic in terms of its colour, exhilarating in its energy and captivating in its lyricism. This excellent performance under Vladimir Jurowski, superbly recorded with optimum impact and clarity, is to be treasured.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 27 October 2013

November 2013's release on the LPO Label is an album of orchestral works by the Orchestra's Composer in Residence, Julian Anderson. Here are the press reviews so far...

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Concert reviews: Eschenbach conducts Messiaen, 2 November 2013

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'Tzimon Barto handled every challenge the score threw at him. Occasionally he played with his fists or his forearms, but it was the extraordinary nimbleness of his fingers that got him round the most complex passages. Hardly less impressive were John Ryan's impossibly intricate horn solos...'
Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 4 November 2013

On Saturday 2 November 2013 at Royal Festival Hall, Christoph Eschenbach conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars), with soloists John Ryan (horn), Tzimon Barto (piano), Andrew Barclay (percussion) and Erika Öhman (percussion). Here are the press reviews ...

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Concert reviews: Michail Jurowski conducts Ligeti, Lutoslawski & Schnittke, 30 October 2013

Michail Jurowski

'This was an astounding concert in every respect, the fitting climax to an anything-goes benchmark week in the life of The Rest is Noise festival ... How hard and tirelessly the LPO, brass especially, worked to terrorize and humour us. The theatrics of Jurowski senior may have been deadpan – hands in pockets when the baton wasn't needed – but you see where his son gets his absolutely clear and definitive beat from, every entry elegantly cued, and he shaped the multipart string slow movement towards a shattering climax and back ... I've never been more gripped than by Moser's performance of the concerto. He played mercurially around the inexorable tocking of Lutosławski's crazy opening solo, gesturing towards his orchestral colleagues, and acted out our astonishment at the trumpet interruptions (this was principal LPO trumpeter Paul Beniston's night, too).'
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 31 October 2013

On 30 October 2013, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Michail Jurowski, performed music by Ligeti, Lutoslawski and Schnittke with cellist Johannes Moser. Here are the press reviews ...

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CD reviews – Mahler Das Lied von der Erde / Nézet-Séguin

Das Lied von der Erde CD cover

'Yannick Nézet-Séguin perfectly captures the yearning for lost youth and resigned acceptance of mortality that pervades Mahler's masterpiece.'
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 29 September 2013

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Concert reviews: Nézet-Séguin conducts Dutilleux & Shostakovich, 26 October 2013

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

'[Yannick Nézet-Séguin's] strengths in the French repertoire and choral music made him the perfect conductor for an evening of music by Dutilleux and Shostakovich, whose Tout un monde lointain and Symphony No. 13 provided an evening of fantastic music and music-making.' (5 stars)
Renée Reitsma, Bachtrack, 29 October 2013

On Saturday 26 October, the London Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Festival Hall season continued with a concert of works by Dutilleux and Shostakovich under Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin with soloists Jean-Guihen Queyras, Mikhail Petrenko and the London Philharmonic Choir. Here are the press reviews ...

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