The London Philharmonic Orchestra has spent the last week touring in the US, performing in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Newark, New Jersey; and at New York’s Carnegie Hall under conductor Vladimir Jurowski with soloists Janine Jansen and Emanuel Ax.
‘It’s all magnificent, and so were the LPO players, making the most of [Manfred’s] colors and the hero’s pain and passion. Jurowski raised them, soloist by soloist, section by section (brass and winds justly first), for our applause. Jurowski’s pacing within the movements was superb; but the work’s grand architecture was as satisfying as the rooms he created.’
Susan Isaacs Nisbett, annarbor.com, 7 December 2011
‘The magnet was the LPO itself. The strings in the Brahms symphony glowed from beginning to end. The brass (especially the horns in the second movement) made one want to tally-ho into a fox-hunt. The winds could have been tootled by Raphael cherubs … Mr. Jurowski is certainly a great conductor, and the LPO is perhaps the most beautiful orchestra in the world.’
Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet.com, 9 December 2011
‘Apart from a few jarring turns of phrase, the Mozart was gorgeous … Jansen has a singing tone and pure intonation that remind us how closely 18th-century instrumental practice depends on bel canto vocal technique. The ‘Turkish’ music in the concerto’s last movement gave Jurowski an opportunity to be himself and make a lot of noise; this time, however, in keeping with Mozart’s comic intent.’
David P. Goldman, The Tablet, 9 December 2011