Concert Reviews: 4 December 2015

On Friday 4 December, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was joined by Enrique Mazzola in a performance of romantic Italian works, including excerpts from Puccini’s Tosca and Nino Rota’s La Strada Suite, as well as Respighi’s orchestral cityscape, Pines of Rome.

Read the reviews here:

 

‘The LPO lapped it up, deft and poetic and also capable of a brassy big-band approach, Latin-American percussion in hot pursuit, Mazzola loving the music and inspiring the musicians who played brilliantly with relish’.

‘Pieter Schoeman’s violin solo was especially seductive and Paul Beniston’s closing contribution on trumpet was poignant and bittersweet’.

‘Come to the final section, the ghostly emergence of Roman legionnaires to re-live their glorious past, Mazzola built this sonic spectacular with calm, relentless musicianship’.

Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 5 December 2015

‘From the most beautifully limpid flutes at the start of “Recondita” to the organ-capped climax of the Te Deum, the players revelled in Puccini’s textural detail and orchestral splendour’.

‘The LPO players were obviously enjoying themselves, whether in the sweeping, unison string melodies or the rather Bernsteinesque rumba that seems to sweep in from another film.’

‘Mazzola brought clarity and rhythmic zest to a score that starts in the high spirits of a circus but ends in tragedy and despair’.

Matthew Rye, Bachtrack, 5 December 2015

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Read the concert programme online here.

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Don’t miss our final concert of 2015, Wednesday 9 December, as Jaap van Zweden conducts the Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s audacious Seventh Symphony, following the world premiere of Violin Concerto No. 2 by LPO Composer in Residence, Magnus Lindberg.

Read about the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto No. 2 here.