Concert reviews: 1 February 2020

Under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski, the cast and orchestra wow the audiences with their performance of Wagner's Siegfried.

 

★★★★☆ Richard Fairman, 4 February 2020, Financial Times
‘It is refreshing to find a conductor who has something original to say about it and plots a course distinctively different from most of his contemporaries.’
‘…played with exceptional clarity by the LPO’
‘This, though, was Jurowski and the LPO’s night. They sound well on course to reach their Wagnerian peak for the complete cycles in Jurowski’s farewell year.’

★★★★☆ Geoff Brown, 4 February 2020, The Times
‘…swept away by the singular force of the musical side, controlled by the conductor Vladimir Jurowski with scrupulous care over dramatic pacing, instrumental detail and architectural form.’

★★★★☆ Tim Ashley, 4 February 2020, The Guardian
‘The London Philharmonic’s Ring with Vladimir Jurowski goes, it would seem, from strength to strength.’
‘…with the LPO on tremendous form’
‘Ultimately, as on previous occasions, the evening belonged to Jurowski and his orchestra, who were simply astonishing throughout.’

★★★★☆ David Nice, 2 February 2020, The Arts Desk
‘Next year’s complete cycle promises to be an orchestral miracle.’

Peter Reed, 1 February 2020, Classical Source
‘the LPO’s masterly handling of Wagner’s web of theme and motif’

Marc Bridle, 3 February 2020, Opera Today
‘The playing of the orchestra was simply staggering.’