Concert reviews: Friday 17 April 2015

On Friday 17 April 2015 at Royal Festival Hall, Omer Meir Wellber conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Debussy's Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Lalo's Symphonie espagnole and Brahms's Symphony No. 1, featuring soloist Augustin Hadelich in Symphonie espagnole. Read the reviews here ... 

'Wellber’s athletic, physical conducting – animated crouching and pouncing, dramatic eye-contact with sections of the orchestra, brilliantly sculpted phrasing – came into its own in Brahms’s First Symphony, conducted from memory, in a performance of manifest nervous energy and decisive structural overview.' - Peter Reed, Classical Source, 18 April 2015.

'Instrumental solos [in the Debussy] were beautifully played.  The harps’ cascades and flourishes had the grace of dancers’ arabesques and contrasted with the winnowing chromaticism of the woodwind and horn gestures. Sue Thomas’s opening flute solo was delicate and mysterious.

'The Andante sostenuto [of the Brahms] was intimate, and Wellber drew forth lovely solo playing from his woodwind principals and, at the close, from leader Pieter Schoeman and first horn John Ryan. […] This was a tremendously exciting performance, one which revealed the intellect guiding Brahms’ musical thoughts.  Everything was fresh but never disconcertingly surprising.' - Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International, 19 April 2015

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