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Audience concert review: 23 October 2013 (Poulenc & Prokofiev)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

The Rest Is Noise: The Sacred and the Satirical
Richard Lane, 23 October 2013

Great to be back at Southbank Centre to experience more sounds from 'The Rest Is Noise' year-long celebration of all things musical in the 20th century. The festival seems to have reached its midpoint, as the music from Francis Poulenc and Serge Prokoviev was all composed around 1950 – but what a contrast in compositions were on show at Royal Festival Hall on 23 October.

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Concert reviews: Nézet-Séguin conducts Poulenc & Prokofiev, 23 October 2013

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

'Yannick Nézet-Séguin [was] alive to the solemn and dramatic aspects of Poulenc's setting, its radiance, jauntiness, pealing vitality and ritual dance. The London Philharmonic Choir was splendid, singing with strength, sensitivity and devotion, the LPO also contributing much under Yannick Nézet-Séguin's demonstrative conducting.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 24 October 2013

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Concert reviews: Britten's War Requiem, 12 October 2013

'This was a beautifully prepared performance that took nothing for granted and, to judge from their receptive stillness, one that spoke directly to the full-house audience.'
Peter Reed, Classical Source, 14 October 2013

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Concert reviews: Vladimir Jurowski conducts Britten, 2 October 2013

Vladimir Jurowski photo

'If we needed a single-programme testament to that special genius, this all-Britten celebration from Vladimir Jurowski and his London Philharmonic Orchestra was it. In addition to the two billed soloists, there were at least a dozen from within the orchestra who proved the point.'
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 3 October 2013

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Concert reviews: Britten's Peter Grimes, 26 & 28 September 2013

Stuart Skelton image

'Sometimes even performances of works that you know very well, and have heard and seen countless times, can take you completely unawares and emerge with unexpected force ...'
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 27 September 2013 

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CD reviews - Bruckner 7 / Skrowaczewski

Bruckner 7 CD cover

'A very special issue. Don't hesitate to buy or download it'
David Mellor, Classic FM, 13 July 2013

In August we released a disc of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 on the LPO Label, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. It's had a fantastic reaction from the press – here are the reviews so far. 

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Prokofiev, Sibelius, Bantock and R Strauss at the BBC Proms

‘As so often with Jurowski, the familiar was completely surprising.’
Edward Seckerson, The Arts Desk

Read the reviews of the LPO's second appearance at the BBC Proms in 2013: with a programme of Bantock, Prokofiev, Sibelius and R Strauss.

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