Prom reviews – Guardian and Times

Four star reviews in both the Times and Guardian for last week’s BBC Proms appearance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

Programme:

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich pianos

Ibert Bacchanale
Debussy Jeux
Mozart Sonata in D major for two pianos, K448
Zimmermann Dialoge
Brahms Symphony 1 in C minor

Follow the links below for the full reviews.

Neil Fisher in The Times:  “Here was a truly searching performance of the First Symphony, alive with flickering drama, fleet-footed yet darkly powerful.”

Tim Ashley in The Guardian:  “With the expanded LPO squashed together on the platform, meanwhile, Dialoge looked almost as extraordinary as it sounded. Despite its vastness, it’s a ravishingly contoured piece, and striking in its beauty. Aimard and Stefanovich played with supreme lucidity, while Jurowski conducted with great authority and finesse….. 

The closing work was Brahms’s First Symphony. The first two movements were electric. Jurowski relaxed the tension too much in the allegretto, however, and the finale lacked fire: a fine interpretation in the making perhaps, but not fully finished as yet.”

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