Concert reviews: Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Schumann & Bruckner, 9 April 2014

On Wednesday 9 April at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste gave performances of Schumann's Violin Concerto with soloist Renaud Capuçon, followed by Bruckner's Symphony No. 8.

Here are the press reviews ...

'Capuçon's beautifully centred, direct tone, flinty double-stopping, cantabile sob and perfectly weighted, eloquent bowing gave sinew to this slippery work, and direction to the long-breathed phrases of its slow movement.' (4 stars)
Anna Picard, The Times, 10 April 2014 (subscriber access only)

'With the LPO brass in potent form, Saraste reached the final C major blaze in commanding style.'
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 10 April 2014

'The playing of the LPO was superlative throughout; they responded with passion and commitment to Saraste's vision, and much of the exhilaration that came from this performance was in the sheer beauty of the sound.'
Ken Ward, Bachtrack, 10 April 2014

'The LPO offered a powerful and in many ways subtle performance.'
Mark Berry, Boulezian (blog), 10 April 2014

'This was a pretty marvellous performance, the London Philharmonic playing with a fire-and-ice beauty and unstinting commitment for Saraste's clear-sighted interpretation and lucidly controlled conducting.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 11 April 2014