Concert review: 25 February 2015

Wednesday 25 February saw a packed house thrill at a concert of seminal classical works including Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Beethoven's great Symphony No. 5. Conducted by a sprightly 75-year-old Christoph Eschenbach, Ray Chen was the soloist. Two overtures began the concert: Beethoven's Egmont and Schumann's Overture, Scherzo and Finale.

Here is the first review:

It’s not every day you get two overtures (or one for that matter) to open a concert. So following a potently expressive, weighty and incisive account of Egmont – Christoph Eschenbach saving something thrilling for the victory lap, the London Philharmonic athletic in response – came a rare outing for Overture, Scherzo and Finale. Wonderful Schumann! Wonderful performance, too!

Christoph Eschenbach brings old-world values to his music-making ... the LPO responded in kind – full, modern, nothing doubled and ‘bumper’-free: the result was comprehensive and rewarding.

Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 26 February 2015