Concert Reviews: 5 February 2016

On Friday 5 February, Yannick Nézet-Séguin joined the Orchestra once again to conduct Gershwin’s pulsating Piano Concerto in F, as well as Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony.

Read the reviews here:

‘Both Thibaudet and the LPO brought out the wit of the concluding Allegro agitato with its Tom and Jerry tunes and comically prominent tuba and xylophone’.

‘Nézet-Séguin ... charmed especially committed playing from the LPO’.

‘In short it was a terrific evening, with magnificently prepared performances’.

David Truslove, Bachtrack, 7 February 2016 (4 stars)

‘Canadian conductor Nézet-Séguin navigated his way through the tumultuous musical journey with great emotion, and summoned the cohesive strings, colourful woodwinds and mighty brass and percussion of the LPO with panache’.

‘Above all of the superlatives, the beautiful musical parabola of the third movement [of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony] was a crowning moment, featuring the prominent legato theme introduced by the rich string force and vivid clarinet solos by Robert Hill’.

Isaku Takahashi, The Upcoming, 6 February 2016 (5 stars)

‘This account of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony was quite magnificently played by this great orchestra, and clearly a great deal of care had gone into the preparation’.

‘Nézet-Séguin seemed determined to extract the last ounce of romantic fervour and sentiment from each phrase’.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Classical Source, 6 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 Wednesday 10 February, as Osmo Vänskä conducts the Orchestra in a performance of Dvořák’s Piano Concerto, with soloist Stephen Hough and our Shakespeare400 festival continues with excerpts from Sibelius’s stormy incidental music for The Tempest.