Concert reviews: Vladimir Jurowski conducts Zimmermann, Beethoven & Brahms, 16 April 2014
- Published: Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
On Wednesday 16 April at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski gave a concert comprising Photoptosis by the 20th-century composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, followed by Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Mitsuko Uchida and Brahms's Symphony No. 4.
Here are the press reviews...
'The sequence of works was executed with the sometimes blinding clarity we've come to expect from Jurowski, not to mention his peerless soloist Mitsuko Uchida ...
The orchestra as a whole was on top responsive form [in the Brahms], from the warming vibrato of the violas in another moment of intimacy to the two-sticks triangle halos enriching the free and exuberant scherzo.'
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 17 April 2014
'All credit to the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski for continuing to perform rarely heard contemporary and twentieth-century works ...
All in all, it was a thoughtfully considered but vividly presented interpretation of a great masterpiece [Brahms].'
Alan Sanders, Classical Source, 17 April 2014
'The LPO interrogated Brahms's knotty Fourth Symphony with noble severity, and Jurowski was particularly good at peeling away the sogginess that Brahms's textures can sometimes pick up.'
Neil Fisher, The Times, 18 April 2014 (online access for subscribers only)
'In the best sense, there was something old-fashioned about this Beethoven and the same could be said of Brahms's Fourth Symphony – this was a big-scale performance, but one in which a lot of detail was audible.'
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 18 April 2014 (not online)