On Wednesday 31 October Osmo Vänskä conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with soloist Christian Tetzlaff, and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 6 (Sinfonia semplice).
Here are the first press reviews:
‘Vänskä and the LPO revelled in [the Sibelius’s] dark rhythmic pulsing, conjuring a performance full of meticulously detailed accents but also with great spaciousness.’
Martin Kettle, The Guardian
‘Vänskä and the LPO, in superb form throughout the concert, did not spare the horses in revealing the many and various facets in this [Nielsen] work. Adopting swift tempos throughout, the music hit home in a most unnerving manner; a remarkable work received a remarkable performance.’
Edward Clark, Classical Source
‘Christian Tetzlaff struck just the right balance of elegance and robustness – and no hint of preciousness. The perfect example was the slow movement where the courtly decorum of a well-turned minuet was pitted against the romantic aspiration of the voicing. The cadenza was an ethereal departure, the fleeting return of the theme quite ravishing.’
Edward Seckerson, The Arts Desk
‘The precision and subtlety of Wednesday’s Sibelius earned an extra mark of excellence.’
Geoff Brown, The Times (available to subscribers only)
Osmo Vänskä and Christian Tetzlaff return to Royal Festival Hall with the LPO tonight (Friday 2 November) to perform more Nielsen (Pan and Syrinx), as well as Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3. Tickets are still available and can be booked through Southbank Centre or bought on the door, subject to availability. The concert is repeated at Brighton Dome on Saturday 3 November.