Reviews: Glyndebourne Prom, Der Rosenkavalier, 22 July 2014

Last night, Tuesday 22 July, was the Orchestra's first of two appearances at this year's BBC Proms. Along with the cast of this year's Glyndebourne production of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, we gave a semi-staged performance of the opera, conducted by Glyndebourne's new Music Director, Robin Ticciati. Here are the first press reviews ...

‘Robin Ticciati conducted with a sure feel for the ebb and flow of Strauss's score, and with the London Philharmonic rearranged in front of the staging, orchestral colours were vividly pointed. The offstage band at the start of act three, often muddily distant in the theatre, has rarely sounded so interesting.’ (4 stars)
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 23 July 2014

‘Robin Ticciati did a great job of whipping the London Philharmonic Orchestra into a passionate frenzy in the Prelude and then taking things down a notch and keeping them there to avoid engulfing the voices.’
Kimon Daltas, The Arts Desk, 23 July 2014

‘Musically this was a terrific performance. Energising the whole was Robin Ticciati’s conducting. His grasp of the libretto's and the score’s almost indecent mutual dependency was complete, and fully communicated to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which delivered the goods from the frantic tumescence of the orgasmic opening to passages of Mozartean grace.’
Peter Reed, Classical Source, 23 July 2014

‘The London Philharmonic provided most of the thrills and spills of the evening. Robin Ticciati set them off like a bull in a china shop, whooping horns cornering at speed in the opening scene. Occasionally, the orchestra overwhelmed the singers – a hazard with a raised platform but no pit – but things settled into a radiant account of Strauss’ score.’ (4 stars)
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 23 July 2014

‘Ticciati's conducting caught a perfect balance between populist vulgarity and refinement, with terrific playing from the LPO.’ (5 stars)
Simon Thomas, What’s On Stage, 23 July 2014

‘Robin Ticciati’s conducting grows in stature: his pacing of the Presentation of the Rose scene in Act 2 and the phantasmagoric opening of Act 3 were both admirable.’
Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 23 July 2014

‘The musical performance was exceptional’
Mark Ronan (blog), 23 July 2014

‘The production’s two core strengths remained: the uniformly strong cast and the clarity of the London Philharmonic’
Geoff Brown, The Times, 24 July 2014 (online access for subscribers only)

‘Lovingly conducted by Robin Ticciati, it was a performance to treasure.’
Clare Colvin, The Sunday Express, 27 July 2014

The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is available free to listen on BBC iPlayer for the next month: click here

The Orchestra's next appearance at the BBC Proms is on Thursday 28 August, when Vladimir Jurowski conducts the Orchestra in Holst’s The Planets Suite, Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra and Scriabin’s Prometheus, The Poem of Fire. More information and tickets via the Proms website.