Concert Reviews: 23 October 2015

Friday 23 October marked the Swiss conductor, Thierry Fischer’s conducting debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in a performance of three French masterpieces – Bizet’s Symphony in C, Ravel’s Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 (Organ).

Read the reviews here:

 ‘It was the finale [of Bizet Symphony in C] that left the deepest impression with its zesty, scampering violin writing (admirably executed by the dozen first violinists) which could have provided the soundtrack to any of those silent movies with Buster Keaton in the 1920s’.

‘In the toccata-like finale [of Ravel Piano Concerto], piccolo, clarinet and trombone each contributed notably to its jazzy character with Fischer pushing the momentum forward to an exuberant finish’.

‘Excitement returned in the scherzo where woodwind and brass were particularly neat and tidy in their incisive fanfare figures, and four hands at the piano added bling in the closing Maestoso’.

David Truslove, Bachtrack, 26 October 2015 (4 stars)

‘the performance cohered well, garnering a deserved ovation’.

Ateş Orga, Classical Source, 23 October 2015

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Read the concert programme online here.

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