Concert Reviews: 22 February 2017

On Wednesday 22 February 2017, the LPO's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski led the Orchestra in a performance of Denisov's Symphony No.2, Shostakovich's Symphony No.15, and Berg's Violin Concerto with soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. 

Read the reviews here:

★★★★☆ ‘[A] sharp-as-a-tack reading of Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony ... the meat of the piece was in the solo laments in the slow movement from trombone, violin and, particularly, the LPO’s wonderful principal cellist Kristina Blaumane.’ Neil Fisher, The Times, 24 February 2017 [paywall]

★★★★☆ the London Philharmonic were outstanding in Shostakovich’s 15th ... unremitting intensity, with the flute and cello principals outstanding in their solos ... a wondrous account of Berg’s violin concerto.’ Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 23 February 2017

★★★★☆ ‘It could have been flamboyantly, relentlessly miserable. The theme was death, the music was written by ailing 20th-century composers facing up to their mortality. Yet this programme ... was full of sharply etched emotional contrasts.’
‘Jurowski is a master of precision engineering. The effect was chilling.’ Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 24 February 2017 [paywall]


★★★★☆ The humour was present from the cheeky opening flute motif, brilliantly dispatched by Principal Juliette Bausor. Jurowski, jabbing an accusatory finger, conducted a well-drilled account, the LPO brass adopting priestly tone for the solemn brass chorales.’ Mark Pullinger, bachtrack.com, 23 February 2017

★★★★☆ ‘Vladimir Jurowski’s innovative programming was to the fore in this London Philharmonic concert.'
'Jurowski ensured a combative response from the LPO musicians in this powerful and disquieting piece whose fifteen minutes are over far too quickly ... An impressive performance overall, and a concert sure to prove among the highlights of the current season.’ Richard Whitehouse, classicalsource.com, 23 February 2017

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Read the concert programme online here.

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