Concert Reviews: 25 November 2015

On Wednesday 25 November, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s newly-appointed Principal Guest Conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, led the Orchestra in a performance of Dvořák’s bewitching Cello Concerto, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Read the reviews here:

 

‘Without compromising the music’s majestic moments, Orozco-Estrada drew particularly mellow and flexible playing from the LPO’.

‘Even better was to come with the Mahler. This was the LPO at its best’.

‘In appointing Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the LPO has made an excellent choice’.

Douglas Cooksey, Classical Source, 26 November 2015

‘Orozco-Estrada drew every ounce of limpid lyricism from the textures, revealing details of instrumentation all too rarely heard, and conjured up deep, trombone-crowned sonority for the climaxes’.

‘Motivic connections between themes were highlighted with subtle inflections of articulation, colour and texture, and the structure – particularly the ebb and flow of the finale’s darkness-to-light journey – was shaped with real mastery’.

‘The LPO played its collective socks off, too, in a performance as impressive at the localised level of solo roles as in the sheer power of the tuttis’.

Matthew Rye, Bachtrack, 26 November 2015 (4 stars)

‘Orozco-Estrada took it quickly but also kept the dynamics right down to a hush that conjured exactly the right sense of nature about to burst into life’.

‘The orchestra responded hungrily to Orozco-Estrada’s furious tempos with tremendously exciting energy’.

‘Johannes Moser showed sensitivity in an affecting and intelligently phrased middle movement’.

Neil Fisher, The Times, 26 November 2015 (4 stars; subscription only)

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Read the concert programme online here.

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Don’t miss Susanna Mälkki’s debut performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 27 November 2015, as she conducts a programme of works by Liadov and Prokofiev, as well as Sibelius’s First Symphony.