Concert reviews: 26 September 2018

On Wednesday 26 September Thomas Adès opened our 2018/19 Southbank Centre concert season with a performance of Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, Lutosławski's Symphony No. 3, and Adès's own In Seven Days with piano soloist Kirill Gerstein. Read the reviews below: 

★★★★☆ ‘The LPO launched its new season with three modern works and not a single crowd pleaser – a bold move, rewarded with a handsomely full and wildly appreciative audience. Adès and the LPO made the narrative seem both thrilling and moving’ Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 28 September 2018

★★★★☆ ‘Every key element in the score – spiky rhythms, abrupt changes, brittle instrumental colours, snarling tension, the snatches of grace – emerging with startling clarity and force from a chiselled and glowing London Philharmonic Orchestra’ Geoff Brown, The Times, 28 September 2018

★★★★☆ ‘The London Philharmonic programme was one to inspire big thoughts about creation… fighting talk at the start of an orchestra’s season’ Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 27 September 2018

★★★★☆ ‘Some concert seasons commence conventionally, others with an arresting freshness. In launching the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season with Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements Thomas Adès clearly began as he meant to go on. This was an evening of high-voltage music ... magnificently played here by the LPO’ Alexander Hall, bachtrack.com, 27 September 2018

‘Adès and the LPO, on top expressive form, delivered in a performance that hinted at space through a brilliantly controlled taut mobility. This was quite a season launcher’ Peter Reed, classicalsource.com, 27 September 2018

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra set out their stall in confident and candid fashion at the Royal Festival Hall as conductor Thomas Adès led them in a cracking and crackling season-opener ... the LPO threw down the gauntlet to the audience to follow them through the challenges and rewards of this season’s music-making, and it was immensely satisfying to see the large audience in the Royal Festival Hall looking both ready for and excited by this prospect.’ Claire Seymour, seenandheard-international.com, 28 September 2018

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