Concert Reviews: 26 October 2016

On Wednesday 26 October 2016, Osmo Vänskä led the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Sibelius's Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5, alongside Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Raphael Wallfisch.

Read the reviews here:

★★★★★
‘It is hard to imagine hearing Sibelius any better than tonight’s two symphonies, so numbers Six and Seven will be hotly anticipated this Friday.’
Rohan Shotton, bachtrack.com, 27 October 2016

★★★★☆
‘The penultimate concert of Osmo Vänskä’s peerless cycle of Sibelius symphonies with the London Philharmonic swept all before it.’
‘A performance of remarkable clarity and perfectly measured weight.’
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 27 October 2016

★★★☆☆
‘Joining [principal cellist Kristina Blaumane] in mobility was new LPO flautist Juliet Bausor, outstanding among a top team of woodwind players, tearing at the soul in a desolate third movement.’
David Nice, theartsdesk.com, 27 October 2016

‘Magnificent! Osmo Vänskä paints pictures with Sibelius’s music without sacrificing the architecture; he lived every second of these marvellous Symphonies and the London Philharmonic was with him all the way.’
Colin Anderson, classicalsource.com,  27 October 2016

‘The orchestra met the challenge head-on, brass and low strings – notably the solos of principal cellist Kristina Blaumane – capturing every ounce of desolation. The work can sound like madness. Vänskä and the LPO treated it as the masterpiece it is. Symphony No 5 came as a familiar relief, but players and conductor revealed anew many secrets and whispers. As for the violins, their pianissimo passages were quieter than the rustle of any leaf: brilliant playing.’
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 30 October 2016

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Read the concert programme online here.

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