Concert reviews: 13 November 2019

Joined by Soprano Sarah Wegener, Jurowski and the orchestra took the Royal Festival Hall audience on an emotional roller coaster featuring Wagner, Strauss and Mahler.

 

★★★★☆ ‘I can’t wait to hear Jurowski and the LPO play the complete Ring.’

‘the woodwinds ducked and weaved through layers of Mahler’s histrionic counterpoint with diamond clarity and diligent dynamics, and the strings sounded silky and full-blooded.’

‘Technically, [Wegener] was exemplary – well-controlled tone, radiant top notes, good diction, flawless intonation’  Richard Morrison, 15 November 2019, The Times

★★★★☆ ‘Jurowski has become an exemplary Mahlerian of late, and his interpretation of the Fifth startled with its combination of intelligence and directness.’

‘The playing was outstanding throughout, with beautifully focused trumpet, horn and woodwind solos and a wonderful richness of tone in the strings.’

‘[Wegener] is a fine Straussian, with a warm tone, and a telling yet understated way with words’

‘[Wegener] did wonderful things with Morgen!, where her voice hovered in dreamy contemplation over the unfolding violin melody, exquisitely played by the LPO’s leader Pieter Schoeman.’ Tim Ashley, 14 November 2019, The Guardian

★★★★☆ ‘Jurowski succeeds in making this outfit sound like an all-star band of integrated virtuosi’

‘Sarah Wegener sang her Strauss medley with freshness, intimacy and quiet authority...[her] upper register had an expansive bloom and glow’ Boyd Tonkin, 14 November 2019, The Arts Desk

‘The LPO's playing was impeccable’

‘[Wegener’s voice] has the silvery flexibility and easy passage to a lovely high softness that clung to sensual Straussian rapture, as did her elegant phrasing.’ Peter Reed, 13 November 2019, Classical Source