Glyndebourne 2015: Britten reviews

Britten's rarely performed The Rape of Lucretia arrived at Glyndebourne in July, and has received some excellent reviews so far. Conducted by Leo Hussain, and directed by Fiona Shaw, the production involves a chamber orchestra of just 13 players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Leo Hussain, in his Festival debut, draws not only glistening colours but also a finely projected and sculpted sound from the London Philharmonic Orchestra players.
Edward Bhesania, The Stage, 6 July 2015
This was one of those all too rare occasions when a great work of art coincides with a piercingly intelligent, immaculately realised staging and perfectly calibrated singing, acting and playing, to produce a performance of enthralling emotional power and physical beauty. This is music drama of the very highest power and quality.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 7 July 2015 (5 stars)
After a performance such as this, we can only marvel at the enduring power of Britten’s ability 'to harness song to human tragedy.'
Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH, 6 July 2015, (5 stars)

The strongest character... is Britten’s orchestra – a mere 13 players from the London Philharmonic, who create an instrumental world of glittering richness. 
Nick Kimberley, London Evening Standard, 6 July 2015 (3 stars)

Leo Hussain conducts a chamber section of the LPO with real attention to Britten’s sharply imagined instrumental detail, and above all to the beautiful combinations he finds between individual instruments and individual voices ... this is a score – and a performance – that holds the ear. 
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk, 6 July 2015

Leo Hussain’s observant conducting of a 13-piece ensemble made up of members of the London Philharmonic displays both the taut economy and the richness of atmosphere that help maintain the score’s potent musical tension. 
George Hall, The Guardian, 7 July 2015 (4 stars)
Leo Hussain embraces Britten’s crude contrasts with exceptional playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anna Picard, The Times, 8 July 2015 (5 stars)
'It’s the chamber group from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leo Hussain, who take an unspeakable act and give it most eloquent and allusive voice.'
Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator, 11 July 2015

'The small ensemble from the London Philharmonic Orchestra play with virtuoso flair for conductor Leo Hussain.'
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 7 July 2015 (3 stars)