Concert reviews: 26 April 2017

On Wednesday 26 April, conductor Marek Janowski led the Orchestra in a performance of Wagner's Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music from Act III of Die Walküre (with soloist Egils Silins), and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. 

Read the reviews here:

★★★★☆ ‘The real drama came from the LPO, Janowski beckoning for more juice from the violins. An oily bass clarinet gurgled before piccolo, glockenspiel and six harps flickered as the Magic Fire encircled the entire orchestra’ Mark Pullinger,, 27 April 2017

★★★★☆The mighty adagio in Wagner’s memory was particularly impressive; clean-limned, achingly sonorous, topped off with that optional cymbal clash ... a powerful and moving architectural triumph’ Geoff Brown, The Times, 28 April 2017 [paywall]

‘His expert musicians provided Janowski with an extraordinary stream of heroic brass tone to augment splendid woodwind and string playing ...  played by Janowski and the LPO with visceral intensity’ Jim Pritchard, seenandheard-international, 27 April 2017

'If you’d heard the liberated winds, the quartet of Wagner tubas or Mark O'Keeffe’s delicate, silvery trumpet lines, you’d weep ... It was, indeed, beyond belief.' Peter Reed,, 27 April 2017


Read the concert programme online here.

Were you at the concert? Let us know what you thought – join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter, or email us.