Concert Reviews: 4 March 2017

On Saturday 4 March 2017, the LPO were joined by the Polish Radio Choir, Camerata Silesia, Warsaw Boys Choir, and soloists Omar Ebrahim, Elizbeth Atherton, Dietrich Henschel, and Tomasz Konieczny for a performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's St Luke Passion. The concert was led by the LPO's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski.

Read the reviews here:

★★★★☆ ‘The ululating, jabbering cries of the crowd demanding the death of Jesus were terrifying in this fine LPO performance under Vladimir Jurowski.’
‘All credit to the LPO and Southbank Centre ... for staging this landmark work in their Belief and Beyond Belief series.’ Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 6 March 2017

★★★★ ‘A fired-up Vladimir Jurowski conducted the London Philharmonic in a performance worthy of a standing ovation.’
‘The flamboyant musico-dramatic effects are as striking as ever, especially when executed as well as in this magnificent Anglo-Polish performance.’ Richard Morrison, The Times, 6 March 2017 [paywall]

★★★★☆ ‘this Royal Festival Hall performance, celebrating 50 years since the work’s UK premiere, crackled with tension ... the players of the London Philharmonic Orchestra were consistently on fine form. In their hands, the climaxes roared.’ Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 7 March 2017 [paywall]

★★★★☆ ‘The South Bank did it proud with four massed Polish choirs (including the Warsaw Boys Choir), and the versatile London Philharmonic Orchestra, all rigorously marshalled under Vladimir Jurowski’s baton, leaving the 80-minute work sounding fresh’ Cara Chanteau, The Independent, 7 March 2017

★★★★☆ ‘What impressed most was Jurowski’s sure-footed and unruffled approach to the complexities of this score, its emotional trajectory superbly paced. Little wonder the presence of Penderecki prompted a standing ovation.’ David Truslove, bachtrack.com, 6 March 2017

★★★★½ ‘Saturday night’s performance of the work by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski was a tour de force ... the orchestra managed to raise hairs on the backs of necks’ Barry Creasy, musicomh.com, 6 March 2017

'A performance of incredible authority, led by Jurowski’s sure hand on the music’s volcanic temperament ... this LPO outing, suitably placed in Lent, more than fulfilled the brief of the Southbank Centre’s Belief & Beyond Belief festival.’ Peter Reed, classicalsource.com, 5 March 2017

'A stunning performance ... a truly powerful night at the Royal Festival Hall.' Collin Shay, schmopera.com, 6 March 2017

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Read the concert programme online here.

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