Concert Reviews: 23 April 2016

On Saturday 23 April, the London Philharmonic Orchestra were joined by a star-studded line up of singers and actors, including Simon Callow, in a jam-packed Anniversary Gala performance of music and the spoken word, in celebration of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.

Read the reviews here:

 

‘It was returns only for this starry event, which pulled off the trick of making a piecemeal programme an artistically satisfying experience’.
'It all flowed seamlessly, with consistently good performances'.
Rebecca Franks, The Times, 25 April 2016 (4 stars; subscription only)

‘Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO were exemplary’.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 26 April 2016 (4 stars)

‘The flute melody doubled by string glissandi as Juliet dances haltingly with Paris at the centrepoint [of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette] has surely never been more magically done, nor the transition back to the striding violence of the Knights more hair-raising’.
‘In terms of serving up the best in classy style, this celebration could hardly have been surpassed’.
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 24 April 2016

‘Jurowski was an inspiration, directing the musicians with energy, clarity and well-judged tempos’.
‘This was a riotous end to a well-designed celebration, superbly executed’.
David Truslove, Classical Source, 24 April 2016

‘Slithering and queasy, the LPO strings captured the ethereal atmosphere at the start of Britten’s opera, Iestyn Davies in commanding voice as Oberon, matched by a wonderful Tytania from Allison Bell’.
‘Jurowski and the LPO are regulars at Glyndebourne and reminded us how sensitively they can accompany voices’.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 24 April 2016

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Read the concert programme online here.

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If you enjoyed this concert, join us for our final performance of the season on Saturday 30 April as Vladimir Jurowski leads the Orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, as well as R Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony.