Reviews: Walton with Vanska

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Lindberg, Walton and Mendelssohn with Osmo Vanska was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 17 October.  It is available to listen online (UK online) via iplayer for one week.

The concert was reviewed by Andrew Clements in the Guardian (3 stars):
The orchestral playing was first rate, but perhaps Vänskä was guilty of taking the work at face value, of respecting its symphonic credentials too much.

Richard Fairman in the Financial Times :(3 stars):

Picking up the orchestral dazzle of the Lindberg again after the interval, Vänskä ended the concert with the Walton. Aggressive, bitter, apprehensive, wistful, this symphony has a 1930s mood that is very much its own and Vänskä tried to penetrate that with a keen ear on inner parts and rhythmic detail.

Also reviewed in Classical Source

Magnus Lindberg Al largo (UK première)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Walton Symphony No. 1

Osmo Vänskä conductor
Agata Szymczewska violin

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