The London Philharmonic Orchestra performed Matthias Pintscher’s towards Osiris, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 1 at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 30 November, under Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski with pianist Lars Vogt.
The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is available to listen again here until Wednesday 7 December.
Reviewed by Tim Ashley in The Guardian:
The excitement never flagged. Jurowski was in his element here, too: imperious and tense, favouring swift speeds, and propelling Vogt through the work with uncommon urgency.
Reviewed by Ivan Hewett in The Telegraph:
The players’ concentration never flagged, and the way Jurowski shaped the work’s confusing narrative was totally compelling, even if the piece itself remained a mystery.
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse on Classicalsource.com:
Jurowski has thus far tended to leave Bruckner to others of the LPO’s conducting roster, though his prowess in early- and mid-Romantic repertoire justified his tackling the First Symphony and the resulting performance did not disappoint … The [LPO’s] response here was more than equal to the task and the applause suggested delighted surprise on the part of the audience. Jurowski could yet blaze a trail for this symphony, though the present account would be well worth releasing on the LPO’s own label.
Reviewed by Gavin Dixon on Orpheus Complex (blog):
The Adagio [of the Bruckner] was lyrical and elegant, thanks in no small part to the LPO’s fine string section. Their precise ensemble and sophisticated tone allowed the music to sound far more mature than it actually is. And then in the Scherzo, Jurowski really went to town with the punchy rhythms and drama from every corner of the orchestra. Special mention should go to the trombone section, whose throaty tones and incisive accents brilliantly underpinned the tuttis here.
Reviewed by Ken Ward of The Bruckner Journal on Bachtrack.com:
One of Bruckner’s most rarely performed works could not have received better advocacy. The LPO were on top form … Jurowski’s approach to this music had complete conviction and, very importantly, an overriding sense of direction. The LPO played it all with great vitality, colour and imagination.
Reviewed by Christian Hoskins on MusicOMH.com:
As far as I can tell, this was Jurowski’s first performance of a Bruckner symphony, but the results were superb … It is difficult to envisage Bruckner’s First Symphony ever receiving a more carefully prepared and beautifully presented interpretation than this.