Glyndebourne 2015: Britten reviews
- Published: Tuesday, 07 July 2015 14:00
Britten's rarely performed The Rape of Lucretia arrived at Glyndebourne in July, and has received some excellent reviews so far. Conducted by Leo Hussain, and directed by Fiona Shaw, the production involves a chamber orchestra of just 13 players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Edward Bhesania, The Stage, 6 July 2015
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 7 July 2015 (5 stars)
Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH, 6 July 2015, (5 stars)
The strongest character... is Britten’s orchestra – a mere 13 players from the London Philharmonic, who create an instrumental world of glittering richness.
Nick Kimberley, London Evening Standard, 6 July 2015 (3 stars)
Leo Hussain conducts a chamber section of the LPO with real attention to Britten’s sharply imagined instrumental detail, and above all to the beautiful combinations he finds between individual instruments and individual voices ... this is a score – and a performance – that holds the ear.
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk, 6 July 2015
Leo Hussain’s observant conducting of a 13-piece ensemble made up of members of the London Philharmonic displays both the taut economy and the richness of atmosphere that help maintain the score’s potent musical tension.
George Hall, The Guardian, 7 July 2015 (4 stars)
Anna Picard, The Times, 8 July 2015 (5 stars)
Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator, 11 July 2015
'The small ensemble from the London Philharmonic Orchestra play with virtuoso flair for conductor Leo Hussain.'
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 7 July 2015 (3 stars)