Concert Reviews: 27 January 2016

On Wednesday 27 January, the London Philharmonic Orchestra returned to the Royal Festival Hall with their Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, for a performance of Schnittke’s Pianissimo, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2, and Bruckner awe-inspiring Third Symphony.

Read the reviews here:

‘The main evening programme was another of Jurowski’s adventures into little-known territory’.

‘Only Jurowski and the LPO on their current form could make it worth the journey’.

‘A pit-sized band of just under 30, half of them students, created the sort of sound Shostakovich would have expected in the theatre.’ (Shostakovich’s Hamlet performed by the LPO’s Foyle Future Firsts in a pre-concert event).

Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 28 January 2016 (4 stars)

‘Gutman shone a beautiful light on the poignant, classical ritornellos of the complex finale – half brittenesque lullaby-lament...half tiptoe dance with death’.

‘Juliette Bausor crowned the flute ensemble with ineffable air and space, the horns had exactly the right Austro-German darkness, and Jurowski made sure that each of the string groups shone with a cohesive sound: the violas sounded amazing in the hymns of the slow movement, and suitably earthy in the Landler at the heart of the Scherzo, where the second violins also get their moment in the sun’.

David Nice, The Arts Desk, 28 January 2016

‘Alfred Schnittke’s Pianissimo (1968) provided a striking curtain-raiser...this ten-minute study in accumulating tension then seismic release certainly held the audience in its thrall and justified revival’.

‘This was an account of manifest insight; and one abetted by the LPO’s responsiveness across an often sparse yet keenly focussed orchestral part that only heightened the suspense’.

‘Jurowski looked pleased with the LPO response and rightly so’.

Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source, 29 January 2016


Read the concert programme online here.

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If you enjoyed this concert, don’t miss our next performance on Saturday 30 January, where Jurowski will lead the Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) as well the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s Green Mass.