Glyndebourne 2016: The Cunning Little Vixen reviews

Janáček’s fantastical opera, The Cunning Little Vixen comes to life at this summer’s Glyndebourne festival, conducted by Jakub Hrůša (ends 31 July).

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‘The London Philharmonic makes this quicksilver score sound sumptuous ... and pulsing with life’.
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 15 June 2016 (4 stars)

‘Persuading the London Philharmonic Orchestra to forget the usual quest for honed perfection, [Hrůša] asks for (and gets) an urgent, raw and abrasive quality, expressive of nothing less than the life force itself’.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 13 June 2016 (4 stars)

‘[Hrůša] brings an irresistible life force to the London Philharmonic’s playing’.
Richard Morrison, The Times, 15 June 2016 (4 stars; subscription only)

‘Jakub Hrůša ... demonstrates his affinity for the composer. Under his guidance, the London Philharmonic Orchestra glows’.
Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 14 June 2016

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra under the Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša mix urgency with joyous exhilaration in their reading of the music and the result is delightful’.
William Hartston, Sunday Express, 18 June 2016 (4 stars)

‘The orchestra playing (by the London Philharmonic) would be impossible to better’.
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk, 13 June 2016 (5 stars)

‘Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, attuned to the score’s every nuance, draws magnificent playing from the London Philharmonic’.
Graham Rogers, The Stage, 13 June 2016 (5 stars)

‘An orchestra playing at its peak ... [Hrůša] obtained even more fervent, delicately nuanced, passionate playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’.
Melanie Eshkenazi, MusicOMH, 13 June 2016 (5 stars)

‘Young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša lovingly coaxed every growl, chirrup and rustle from Janáček’s shimmering score, the London Philharmonic Orchestra on pearly form’.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 13 June 2016 (4 stars)

‘Fabulously variegated playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’.
Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 13 June 2016 (4 stars)

‘This was, in any case, an estimable performance, pretty much irreproachable with respect to orchestral playing’.
Mark Berry, Opera Today, 17 June 2016

‘Jakub Hrůša, born in Brno, where Janáček spent his entire life, has this music completely under his skin, and the London Philharmonic play out of theirs for him’.
Mail on Sunday, 19 June 2016 (4 stars)

‘It’s all swept tumbling and dancing along by Jakub Hrůša and the LPO – relishing every string of the orchestration, every tangy harmony and splash of colours: making it sound, in fact, as bold and inevitable as Stravinsky’.
Richard Bratby, The Spectator, 25 June 2016

‘The LPO played it with steel and caressing tenderness’.
Robert Thicknesse, The Critics’ Circle, 23 June 2016

‘The LPO did a superb job conjuring up some of the composer’s extraordinary textures and musical effects often playing in very high registers and with irregular rhythms’.
‘Hrůša and the LPO are to be congratulated for maintaining an excellent balance of sound with the singers throughout’.
Robert Beattie, Seen and Heard International, 30 June 2016

‘Jakub Hrůša’s conducting was a star turn: all was right about his pacing, and about the balance he maintained between stage and pit. The London Philharmonic Orchestra played it right too, at the edge of their capabilities’.
Christopher Webber, Opera Magazine, August 2016 
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