Concert reviews: Vladimir Jurowski conducts Bach, Hartmann and Beethoven, 22 January 2014

On Wednesday 22 January 2014 at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of Bach, Hartmann and Beethoven. Leonidas Kavakos was the soloist in Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor and Hartmann's Concerto funebre, and after the interval the Orchestra performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (Eroica).

Here are the press reviews ...

'[Hartmann's Concerto funebre] received a compelling performance, Kavakos and LPO plumbing its depths, and the finale's denouement based on a Russian revolutionary song "Immortal Sacrifice" was absolutely hypnotic.'
Douglas Cooksey, Classical Source, 23 January 2014

'This [the Beethoven] was the strongest performance of the evening, with a terrifically driven first movement, an immaculate, affecting funeral march, and two closing movements which had a great sense of fun. The eight-strong double bass section certainly made their presence felt, lined up imposingly against the back wall – the texture was amazingly deep – and this lent a very welcome, slightly unusual hue to a too-familiar work.'
Paul Kilbey,, 24 January 2014

'Jurowski was very much in control. With the strings doing a good impression of a 19th-century band, and the LPO's trumpeters playing "natural" period instruments straight out of a plumber's kitbag, Jurowski drew on the best of old and new playing styles, pushing the music onwards and concentrating more on texture and harmony than on fleeting details – though some of those details, notably the neat hunting-call trio for the horns, were very nicely done.' (4 stars)
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 24 January 2014

'In this very special concert, [Kavakos's] Bach-playing – with conductor Vladimir Jurowski at the harpsichord and the London Philharmonic slimmed down to 18 players – was wonderfully integrated into the orchestral tapestry, as Bach surely intended. And his performance of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's deeply moving concerto, written on the eve of the outbreak of war in 1939, had a rapt intensity that held his audience spellbound.' (4 stars)
The Mail on Sunday, 2 February 2014 (not online)