Concert Reviews: 23 September 2016

On Friday 23 September, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski led the Orchestra in a performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with soloist Nicola Benedetti, as well as Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin Suite. 


Read the reviews here:

★★★★☆
‘Pushing the orchestra to extremes here, Jurowski drew brilliant results’
John Allison, The Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2016

★★★★★
‘Jurowski and the LPO were also completely in tune with Benedetti’s vision, with extraordinary playing which at no point overshadowed or swamped the soloist ... A truly brilliant piece of programming, spectacularly brought off by all concerned.’
Chris Garlick, bachtrack.com, 25 September 2016

‘The highlight of the evening was the Bartók, an orchestral showpiece delivered with consummate mastery by the London Philharmonic forces ... A spectacular season opener, then, imaginatively programmed and delivered with precision and flair.’
Gavin Dixon, theartsdesk.com, 24 September 2016

‘Juliette Bausor’s flute solo curled out of the ether as the faun hovered between loin-stirring dream and consciousness, the directionless time-suspension an aim in itself and beautifully realised.’
Peter Reed, classicalsource.com, 24 September 2016

‘Jurowski did well to push his orchestra to its limits. They gave us all the do-or-die adrenaline, the technicolour detailing, the stainless steel that you could wish for.’
Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 26 September 2016 [subscription only]

★★★★☆
‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s season opener was sensual, visceral and grippingly performed.
Vladimir Jurowski has the knack of sidestepping predictability to bring together works that illuminate and invigorate one another, and this concert was no exception.’
Rebecca Franks, The Times, 28 September 2016 [subscription only]

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Read the concert programme online here.

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Until 22 October you can also listen again to the Radio 3 broadcast of this concert on BBC Radio iPlayer