Concert Reviews: 3 February 2016

On Wednesday 3 February, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016 festival Shakespeare400 was in full swing as Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted a performance of Dvořák’s dramatic overture to Otello, as well as his Sixth Symphony and Brahms’s Double Concerto for violin and cello.

Read the reviews here:

‘Here [Dvořák’s Otello Overture] raised the curtain on the LPO’s Shakespeare 400 commemorations with a dramatic flourish’.

‘Nézet-Séguin drew a ripe string sound from the LPO and unleashed fearsome brass playing in the score’s violent denouement’.

‘Lisa Batiashvili and Maximilian Hornung were well-matched conversationalists, communicating via smiles and keen eye contact’.

‘There may be little profound to say in Dvořák’s symphony, but that didn’t stop Nézet-Séguin and the LPO telling it most beguilingly’.

Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 3 February 2016 (4 stars)

‘The strength of Brahm’s melodic creation in the first movement was brought out with elegant persuasiveness’.

‘Lisa Batiashvili and Maximilian Hornung were perfect partners, their phrases melted into one another, enhance by evenness with which the solo lines flowed in and out of the orchestral sequences’.

‘it was tremendously exciting and the LPO showed is brilliance’.

Antony Hodgson, Classical Source, 4 February 2016

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Read the concert programme online here.

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If you enjoyed this concert, don’t miss our next performance on Friday 5 February, as Yannick Nézet-Séguin once again joins the Orchestra to conduct Gershwin’s pulsating Piano Concerto in F, and Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony.