Concert reviews: 3 November 2018

On Saturday 3 November LPO Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski led a semi-staged performance of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Read the reviews below:

★★★★★ ‘This was compelling theatre as well as terrific music-making… Though the interpretation was dark and deep rather than glinting and mercurial, the orchestral playing was white-hot and Jurowski’s pacing perfect.’ Richard Morrison, The Times, 5 November 2018

★★★★☆ ‘As expected, the ensemble and instrumental detail were clearly defined throughout, with much beautiful playing from both brass and wind – as Anne Truelove made her way to London, Paul Beniston’s soulful trumpet gave particular pleasure’ Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 5 November 2018

★★★★★ ‘The London Philharmonic was on fine form. Jurowski is very adept at clarity of texture in this repertoire’ Alexander Campbell, Classical Source, 4 November 2018

★★★★☆ ‘As with all the best Rakes, this one was ultimately moving to tears… Pure class reigned throughout’ David Nice, The Arts Desk, 5 November 2018

★★★★☆ ‘We could revel in the finer details of Stravinsky’s luminous, idiosyncratic score, and admire the necessarily firm direction of conductor Vladimir Jurowski, who kept everything moving at a cracking pace… This was a performance to treasure’ Stephen Pritchard, Bachtrack, 4 November 2018

★★★★☆ ‘Lifted from out of the pit, the playing sounded immaculately lean and trim, and every detail from the wind section raised up against the back wall was remarkably clear’ Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 6 November 2018

‘Placed centre-stage, Jurowski and the LPO – on warm, almost genial form – were the engine not just of the music but the drama too, absolutely integrated into a witty, neatly suggestive semi-staging’ Alexandra Coghlan, The Critics Circle, 6 November 2018

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