Concert reviews: Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mendelssohn and Mahler, 28 March 2014

On Friday 28 March at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Nicholas Angelich, followed by Mahler's Symphony No. 9.

Here are the press reviews ...

'This was a consistently philosophical account of the Symphony, speaking more to the head with its cogently formulated arguments – thoughtfully considered and weighed up – than to the heart, nerves and viscera. Some might argue that it was less typically 'Mahlerian', yet the performance was the successful outcome of the conductor and orchestra's dedicated concentration.'
Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 29 March 2014

'Yannick Nézet-Séguin and LPO were at one with the soloist, providing all he needed to magnify this work to the limits of its passionate expressive capability. It was a very fine performance indeed.'
Ken Ward, Bachtrack.com, 29 March 2014

'Nicholas Angelich was the soloist in the Mendelssohn, realised on a grand scale but with terrific panache. Mahler's great confrontation with mortality got off to an uncertain start with a shapeless account of the opening andante. Things rapidly improved thereafter. The bitter ironies of the central movements were immaculately judged; the finale, consolatory rather than bleak, was extraordinarily beautiful.' (4 stars)
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 30 March 2014

The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is available to listen again free of charge for 7 days via BBC iPlayer.

Read the concert programme online here

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