Concert reviews: Osmo Vänskä conducts Balakirev, Khachaturian & Kalinnikov, 19 February 2014

On Wednesday 19 February at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Osmo Vänskä gave a concert of works by Balakirev, Khachaturian & Kalinnikov. The concert also featured piano soloist Marc-André Hamelin.

Here are the press reviews ...

'With his First Symphony, the short-lived tuberculosis-claimed Kalinnikov left us a delightful and delicious work, full of beauty and ingenuity, the first movement containing one of the loveliest of melodies, of ardour and bloom, shaped with the greatest of affection and largesse by Vänskä and the LPO ... Vänskä and the LPO, in their smart, dynamic and outgoing performance, surely made this assured and loveable piece many new friends.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 20 February 2014

'Vivid, urgent playing, crammed with perfectly realised detail and shaped with a clear sense of musical purpose.'
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 21 February 2014

'Kalinnikov's Symphony no.1 was the saving grace of the evening. A beautiful work, full of instantly memorable themes, it was a joy to hear the London Philharmonic perform it so well. The strings of the LPO were on especially good form, the cellos played the second theme of the Allegro moderato first movement passionately. Principal oboist Ian Hardwick played particularly memorably, helping turn the symphony into a breath of fresh air'
Renée Reitsma, Bachtrack, 21 February 2014

The concert was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and is available to listen again for 7 days via BBC iPlayer.