Concert Reviews: 4 November 2015

On Wednesday 4 November, the Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, following Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, performed by pianist par excellence Paul Lewis.

Read the reviews here:

 ‘Overall, the beauty of the Largo lingers in the memory – like the still surface of a dark lake stirred by rustles of evening wind’.

 ‘Saraste proved himself unrivalled in getting his 95 players to respond as one to every nuance of tempo, phrasing, pause and inflexion’.

‘Unleashed, the LPO, more than a few members no doubt remembering the molten Tennstedt days, rose to the occasion’.

Ateş Orga, Classical Source, 5 November 2015

‘The rondo finale [of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3] danced just as it should, even the short fugue kept rhythmically alert, and the movement’s several exotic episodes seeming almost as fresh and surprising as they doubtless did to the work’s first audience’.

‘The central Scherzo [of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5] was magnificently played...The familiarity of this movement blinds us to its exquisite tenderness, here it sounded like the greatest love letter in all music’.

‘That refusal to indulge, to realise musically what is there but not exaggerate it, can make Mahler seem a greater and more forward-looking composer, at least when played with this degree of skill and commitment’.

Roy Westbrook, Bachtrack, 6 November 2015 (4 stars)

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Read the concert programme online here.

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Don't miss our next concert on Friday 6 November when Jaime Martín will conduct a unique evening of orchestral music from Mexico in celebration of the Year of Mexico in the UK.