Glyndebourne 2015: Poliuto reviews

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been one of the resident bands at Glyndebourne for over 50 years. This season started with a little-known political Donizetti opera, Poliuto (ends 15 July), conducted by Enrique Mazzola.

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Here's what the critics had to say:

Musical standards under the baton of Enrique Mazzola were outstanding, with tip-top playing from the LPO (including a particularly lovely clarinet solo) ...
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 24 May 2015

Enrique Mazzola’s conducting [keeps] the pace high so that Donizetti’s sometimes rather trying ‘oom-pah’ accompaniments never risks becoming leaden, with the LPO managing to combine a smooth swelling modern sound with astonishing fleet-footedness.
Guy Dammann, The Times Literary Supplement, 5 June 2015

Enrique Mazzola draws lightning-sharp playing from the LPO ... For all its directorial disappointments ... this Poliuto gets a thumbs-up because it delivers so powerfully on the musical front.
Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 22 May 2015 4-stars

... Donizetti produced a remarkably forward-looking score ... that’s all superbly delivered here. Under Enrique Mazzola’s baton the London Philharmonic Orchestra plays with compelling stylishness, especially the woodwinds.
Richard Morrison, The Times, 25 May 2015, 3-stars

... first-rate support from the excellent Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Enrique Mazzola.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 24 May 2015, 3-stars

Enrique Mazzola draws an incisive musical performance from the cast, as well as the Glyndebourne Chorus and the LPO, both on strong form.
George Hall, The Stage, 22 May 2015

... the evening is more than redeemed by a superb musical performance conducted with crisp precision by Enrique Mazzola and played with galvanised conviction by the LPO.
Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2015, 4-stars

The LPO under Enrique Mazzola brings out the full-blooded Verdian flavour of the score.
Clare Colvin, Sunday Express, 31 May 2015, 4-stars

The LPO aren’t a period instrument orchestra ... but Mazzola used that to advantage, creating an almost Verdian richness of colour from the ... orchestra. Mazzola seems to inspire great enthusiasm from his players.
Classical Iconoclast, 22 May 2015

From a rather leaden start ... the orchestral performance improved ... Enrique Mazzola finally hit his stride in Poluto’s Act II aria ... and provided some superb ensemble numbers.
David Karlin, Bachtrack, 22 May 2015