Concert Reviews: 10 February 2016

On Wednesday 10 February, Osmo Vänskä conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Dvořák’s Piano Concerto with soloist Stephen Hough, as well as excerpts from Sibelius’s magical incidental music for The Tempest, with soloist Lilli Paasikivi and featuring narrations of the play by renowned British actor Simon Callow.

Read the reviews here:

‘It was the latest evening to cement the London Philharmonic’s reputation as the orchestra with the most adventurous programming in the capital’.

‘with master Sibelian Osmo Vänskä at the helm the fascination and enjoyment of the music became the moment, enhanced by some particular sonorous and searing playing from the LPO’.

Matthew Rye, Bachtrack, 11 February 2016 (4 stars)

‘This was, moreover, the best of on-the-ball partnerships with Vänskä and the LPO players, supremely vigilant and very persuasive in the outer-movement themes, authentically Dvořákian in colour-the cellos at the start-and in the dance rhythms’

David Nice, The Arts Desk, 11 February 2016

‘Hope springs eternal and there could be no better guide through this score than Osmo Vänskä, whose Sibelian credentials need no introduction’.

Edward Clark, Classical Source, 11 February 2016

‘Vänskä elicited exquisite playing from the LPO, also unleashing the full fury of the titular storm at the opening’.

Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 11 February 2016 (4 stars)

‘Hough manoeuvred and infinite ease through bustling sections’.

Geoff Brown, The Times, 12 February 2016 (4 stars; subscription only)


Read the concert programme online here.

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