Concert reviews: 27 January 2019

The second instalment of the Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Ring Cycle took place on Sunday 27 January, featuring an all-star cast with names such as Stuart Skelton, Markus Marquardt and Svetlana Sozdateleva.

 

 

‘The playing showed off the LPO on top form.’ Peter Reed, Classical Source, 27 January 2019

‘Throughout the London Philharmonic played with characteristic radiance and there were many notable individual moments, not least, the cello solo before Siegmund’s ‘Kühlende Labung gab mir der Quell’ which – kudos to Kristina Blaumane – can rarely have sounded so beautiful and achingly reflective.Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International, 27 January 2019

★★★★☆ ‘Act One brought perfect phrasing from individual LPO players in the first half and speedy eroticism in the second’ David Nice, The Arts Desk, 28 January 2019

★★★★☆ ‘Jurowski drew an intense, sinewy sound from the London Philharmonic, while Stuart Skelton’s anguished Siegmund was a highlight’ Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 28 January 2019

‘A thrilling occasion it was with the LPO in top form led by Vladimir Jurowski.’ Brian Dickie, Blog, 28 January 2019

★★★★☆ ‘The antagonists’ baleful energy and raw musical passion were enhanced by speedy tempo choices from Jurowski that made this elemental act hurtle to its end.’ Mark Valencia, Bachtrack, 28 January 2019

★★★★☆ ‘Some exquisitely detailed wind playing gave much pleasure’ Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 29 January 2019

★★★★☆ ‘Attention was on the LPO and Jurowski, the rapt beauty of Kristina Blaumane’s cello lines, the perfection of the chording of flutes, strings and brass.’ Anna Picard, The Times, 29 January 2019

★★★★☆ ‘Jurowski and the London Philharmonic on fine form had as much to say as many a fully-staged production. Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 30 January 2019

‘Its performance of Die Walkure was on a different level, and in terms of the orchestral playing this has to rank as one of the finest performances of the opera that this reviewer has ever heard.’ Sam Smith, Opera Online, 29 January 2019

‘An orchestral performance of brilliant unity and concentration.’ Robert Thicknesse, The Critic’s Circle, 01 February 2019

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