Concert reviews: 2 May 2018

On Wednesday 2 May Łukasz Borowicz led a performance of Panufnik's Heroic Overture, Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, and Penderecki's Second Violin Concerto Metamorphosen with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Read the reviews below: 

★★★★★ ‘The London Philharmonic's closing concert of its current season took excellence and courageous programme planning to levels of expectation and emotional intensity more than once defying belief. Here was an orchestra in terrific form, working with a new conductor, Łukasz Borowicz, rising to every challenge, playing with a finesse, exchange, discipline and dynamic sophistication that excited the familiar and clarified the unfamiliar.’ Ateş Orga,, 3 May 2018

★★★★★ ‘It was clear that this was the most authoritative performance of the work that you are ever likely to hear’ Chris Garlick,, 3 May 2018

★★★★☆ 'Mutter was completely absorbed in the twists and turns of her fiendish part ... This performance cast out triumphalism for a kind of gleeful, capering anarchy, and it hit the spot.' Neil Fischer, The Times, 4 May 2018

‘What an absolute pleasure it must have been for Krzysztof Penderecki, celebrating his 85th year, to hear Anne-Sophie Mutter’s exceptionally authoritative and astonishingly discerning performance, alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra’ Claire Seymour,, 6 May 2018

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