Concert reviews: Tõnu Kaljuste conducts Gubaidulina & Pärt, 6 November 2013

'Conductor and violinist held firm control over their rendition of the score and its wider emotional purpose, as Krylov maintained a consistently focused and sonorous tone (never itself harsh), and a clear dialogue with the LPO.'
Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 7 November 2013

On Wednesday 6 November at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Tõnu Kaljuste performed works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Arvo Pärt, with violin soloist Sergej Krylov and the London Philharmonic Choir. Here are the press reviews:

'Krylov's playing had all the fierce physicality Gubaidulina's score requires. At times it felt as if he was wrestling with it, so often did he twist and turn his body to extract the swooping and stabbing solo phrases from the musical marble and to ensure the maximum weight of the bow.'
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 7 November 2013

'The Magnificat and Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten were performed as one entity, to good effect (if perhaps demonstrating the similarity of programming that had concerned me). The London Philharmonic Choir was at its best in the larger tutti sections of the Magnificat, particularly where the sopranos felt they could open up to full voice. The soprano soloist was especially good – though intoning on one pitch, the solo requires excellent ensemble work, often with the tenors and basses, who in this concert were on the other side of the choir stalls. The Cantus was faster than I personally like, but very powerful in the lower registers, with dynamic range excellently controlled by Kaljuste.'
Penny Homer, Bachtrack, 8 November 2013

'Sergei Krylov was the intense violinist and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Tõnu Kaljuste made much of the extreme orchestral contrasts.'
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 8 November 2013