Concert reviews: Nézet-Séguin conducts Poulenc & Prokofiev, 23 October 2013

'Yannick Nézet-Séguin [was] alive to the solemn and dramatic aspects of Poulenc's setting, its radiance, jauntiness, pealing vitality and ritual dance. The London Philharmonic Choir was splendid, singing with strength, sensitivity and devotion, the LPO also contributing much under Yannick Nézet-Séguin's demonstrative conducting.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 24 October 2013

On Wednesday 23 October, our 2013/14 concert season at Royal Festival Hall continued with a concert of works by Poulenc and Prokofiev under Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin with soloists Kate Royal and Alexandre Tharaud. Here are the press reviews ...

'Quite the best and deepest I've ever heard in concert, Nézet-Séguin grasped the dark undertow of the surface-simple Seventh, the urgency with which more acid elements intrude, the enigmatic spangling of the supernatural childlike trot which rounds off the basic argument (and the symphony). His fabulous instinct for the right late romantic rubato highlighted the connection with Prokofiev's beloved Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov; the luminous focus he always brings to instrumental colour made us register every subtle shift in the masterly orchestral palette, from piccolo down to cor anglais in the winds, the finest of trumpet writing down to the baleful intrusions of trombones and tuba.'
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 24 October 2013

'This concert covered a lot of emotional ground; from the irony and lightness of the Piano Concerto, to the promise of salvation through Christ's suffering, via the artful intensity of Prokofiev, all of which was well organised and balanced by Nézet-Séguin. It may well be that the programme makes sense for contextual or historic reasons, but my own impression is that it showed the different things that music can be.'
Edward Whitney, Bachtrack, 25 October 2013

'The London Philharmonic Choir did Poulenc's Stabat mater proud. Indeed, one sensed that Nézet-Séguin's roots in choral conducting generally lifted the level of performance.'
Mark Berry, Boulezian (blog), 27 October 2013