Concert reviews: 5 April 2019
- Published: Friday, 26 April 2019 11:06
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.
‘The LPO boasts a peerless woodwind section, which made its mark from the serene start of the Fifth Symphony, and Vänskä’s skill at judging Sibelius’s shifting perspectives is second to none.’ Peter Reed, Classical Source, 5 April 2019
‘A few details: the trumpet picked out with great clarity in the early stages of the opening movement; the gurgling, deep-throated contributions from the woodwind (on magnificent form throughout); the inner glow which suffused the string textures in their warm-hearted embrace in the central Andante; the urgency coming from the violas in the rapid string writing that opens the finale and which leads to a sense of foreboding dispelled only by the entry of the trumpets, clarity ultimately irradiating all uncertainty.’ Alexander Hall, Bachtrack, 6 April 2019
★★★★★ ‘Orchestral discipline par excellence is demonstrated throughout the LPO’s symphonic performance. The paradigm of this is the finale, six stern jabs from the whole orchestra, conceived as a final farewell to the swans on their southward journey. These crisp, sovereign require surgical precision, and the orchestra’s execution was so razor-sharp that I needed a plaster.’ George Ruskin, Classical Ruskin, 7 April 2019 (Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, 7 April)
‘a fresh, elegantly delivered performance, with Vänskä and the orchestra in sympathetic accord’ Alan Sanders, Seen and heard International, 6 April 2019