Concert Reviews: 9 December 2015

On Wednesday 9 December, the London Philharmonic Orchestra took to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for their final London performance of 2015. The Orchestra was led by Jaap van Zweden in a performance of Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, following the world premiere of Violin Concerto No. 2 by LPO Composer in Residence, Magnus Lindberg.

Read the reviews here:

 ‘Cyrano de Bergerac... enjoyed a vital, foot-tapping rendition in which the long lyrical lines found the LPO strings in particularly lustrous form’.

‘There was no querying Zimmermann’s superb playing... his flawless technique and lovely sound (including a gleaming upper register) were pleasures in themselves - and the LPO was in top form to make for a successful birth in the presence of the composer’.

‘Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto No.2...proved to be the best so far during Lindberg’s current residency with the LPO'.

Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 10 December 2015

‘[Lindberg’s Violin Concerto No. 2] proved to be a bigger-bones, more expansive utterance than his first’.

‘The performance from the orchestra under the deft hand of guest conductor Jaap van Zweden banished any doubts. Zweden conjured a sound from the orchestra that was dancing and energised, without sacrificing the music’s essential grandeur’.

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 10 December 2015 (4 stars)

‘It was a thrill to hear an orchestra pounce on this music with such authority and palpable pleasure’.

Neil Fischer, The Times, 11 December 2015 (subscription only)

‘Van Zweden opened with the overture Cyrano de Bergerac by the Dutch composer Johan Wagenaar... Its passages of slow, aching longing alternated with garrulous outbursts and the piece had ample charm’.

Nick Kimberley, The Evening Standard, 10 December 2015

‘The star exhibit of the current season is the premiere of [Lindberg’s] Violin Concerto No. 2...his new violin concerto unfolds with a massive, expansive feel to it, like the soundtrack to some epic Scandinavian film noir’.

‘Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 reaffirmed classical logic and taut dialectic which, after a solid start, van Zweden brought to an exhilarating conclusion’.

Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 11 December 2015 (subscription only)


Read the concert programme online here.

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If you enjoyed this concert, don’t miss our first performance of 2016 on 23 January, where we perform another work by Magnus Lindberg, Gran Duo, and soprano Soile Isokoski performs Strauss’s Four Last Songs conducted by LPO Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski.