Concert reviews: 7 February 2018

On Wednesday 7 February 2018 we performed Stravinsky's The Firebird alongside Scherzo fantastiqueFuneral Song, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Piano Concerto with soloist Alexander Ghindin, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Read the reviews below:

★★★★☆ 'Jurowski conducted a searing, precise account of The Firebird (original version, 1910), brass dispersed on an offstage, section soloists excelling: in a familiar work you focus differently with each encounter. This time I particularly fixed on principal viola (David Quiggle) and E flat clarinet (Thomas Watmough), but every player merited attention.' Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 11 February 2018

★★★★☆ ‘This was an organic, rather than episodic, Firebird, characterised as much by the sheerness of the textures and the absolute security of pulse as it was by the audacious dynamism of the double-basses and cellos and the Fauvist smear of trombones (the best section in London) and Wagner tubas.’ Anna Picard, The Times, 9 February 2018

★★★★☆ ‘Jurowski and the LPO delivered a scintillating account of the full Firebird score ...  From the subterranean basses and slithering glissando violins, Jurowski wove an hypnotic spell’ Mark Pullinger,, 8 February 2018

★★★★☆ ‘Jurowski’s perfectly weighted performance didn’t overplay it, allowing the scrap of melody that shapes the piece to spread mournfully but deliciously through the orchestra ... With his innate sense of theatre, his reading had a real sense of forward thrust.’ Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 8 February 2018

‘Vladimir Jurowski drew clear and vigorous playing ... the LPO produced playing of consistent alertness, suppleness and finesse, and there were impressive solos, not least from bassoon (Jonathan Davies) and horn (John Ryan)’ Brian Barford,, 7 February 2018

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