Concert reviews: Britten's War Requiem, 12 October 2013

'This was a beautifully prepared performance that took nothing for granted and, to judge from their receptive stillness, one that spoke directly to the full-house audience.'
Peter Reed, Classical Source, 14 October 2013

On 12 October 2013, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, together with Trinity Boys Choir, performed Britten's War Requiem at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall in London under conductor Vladimir Jurowski. The soloists were Evelina Dobraceva, Ian Bostridge and Matthias Goerne. Here are the press reviews ...

'Of all the celebrations of Benjamin Britten's centenary, this was perhaps the most apt and most revelatory of his genius ... Vladimir Jurowski conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a blazing account of the score, every section producing playing of the highest quality, echoed by the equally superb chamber orchestra conducted by Neville Creed.' (5 stars)
Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH.com, 13 October 2013

'Chief architect of the success was Vladimir Jurowski who conducted the main orchestra with an incisive brilliance that resulted in extraordinarily accomplished playing form all sections of the LPO.' (5 stars)
Keith McDonnell, What's On Stage, 13 October 2013

'The London Philharmonic Choir were heroic throughout. Their thrice-repeated imploration for peace arrived through pained harmonic suspensions to consonance like a healing benediction. At the other extreme they were - in the "Sanctus" - a vociferous throng.'
Edward Seckerson, The Arts Desk, 13 October 2013

'By treating Britten's War Requiem as music, as opposed to reverential ritual, Jurowski and his soloists restore it to a drama of human conflict and surreal transformation.'
Doundou Tchil, Classical Iconoclast, 13 October 2013

'This haunting, arresting performance at the Royal Festival Hall by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, will surely be treasured and esteemed, ineradicably etched in the minds and hearts of all present.'
Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 13 October 2013

'Jurowski, meanwhile, oversaw the whole with a blend of discipline and insight that underlined the case for the score as the most persuasive of musical arguments for pacifism.'
George Hall, The Guardian, 14 October 2013