The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2011/12 season at Royal Festival Hall came to a close on Wednesday 2 May, when Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski conducted Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, Dvořák’s Piano Concerto with soloist Martin Helmchen; and Suk’s Ripening.
Reviewed by Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk:
‘Cheeky and subversive as the Vixen herself, the LPO danced their way fluidly from episode to episode. Jurowski’s flexible tempos accommodated every glancing shift of mood, and while later in the Suk the LPO occasionally struggled to keep up, here all was organic and unanimous.’
Reviewed by Gavin Dixon, Orpheus Complex blog:
‘Like the pieces in the first half, [Suk’s Ripening] is not the sort of score that allows an orchestra to show off without having to work, but the preparation and the musical sensitivity here from everybody helped to bring this music to life. Do they deserve their obscurity? Perhaps, but they’re worth hearing every once in a while, especially when performed to this standard.’
The 2012/13 season opens on Wednesday 26 September, when Vladimir Jurowski conducts a programme of music by Richard Strauss and Zemlinsky. The concert opens with excerpts from Strauss’s thrilling opera Die Frau ohne Schatten (‘The Woman Without a Shadow’), considered by many to be his finest work in the genre, and also includes Zemlinsky’s dramatic and sinister one-act opera A Florentine Tragedy, based on Oscar Wilde’s dark and death-ridden play.