Concert reviews: 16 January 2019

Marin Alsop joined the Orchestra for a wildly creative concert of premieres from contemporary composers on Wednesday 16 January, with compositions from Arne Gieshoff, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Helen Grime, Louis Andriessen and Anders Hillborg. 



‘Arne Gieshoff’s Burr exploded into motion, piercing wind instruments and battering percussion settling quickly into a beguiling exploration of orchestral textures.’ Nick Kimberly, Evening Standard, 17 January 2019

★★★★☆ ‘To end, the premiere of Helen Grime’s Percussion Concerto, Colin Currie the virtuoso soloist, imagined an orchestral kaleidoscope of flickering lights and perfectly judged timbres.’ Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 17 January 2019

★★★★☆ ‘I truly believe each work performed last night is worthy of a place in posterity – and I take great encouragement from the quality, range and individuality evinced by each composer featured’ Timmy Fisher, Bachtrack, 18 January 2019

‘The LPO responded in kind and delivered outstanding performances without any sense of flagging or resistance. An exemplary exercise all round.’ Steve Lomas, Classical Source, 16 January 2019

★★★☆☆ ‘Alsop certainly got to the heart of each piece, while the London Philharmonic Orchestra played with finesse’ Rebecca Franks, The Times, 18 January 2019

★★★☆☆ ‘It was the London Philharmonic that got things under way, with five new or nearly new orchestral works, expertly introduced by Marin Alsop.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 17 January 2019

‘Stewart McIlwham, was continuously dazzling, in double sense of shrill sonority and prestidigitation.’ Paul Driver, The Times, 27 January 2019

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