On Wednesday 22 February, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski performed Mozart’s Symphony No. 32; Zemlinsky’s Psalm 23 and Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 (The Song of the Night) with the London Philharmonic Choir; and Brahms’s Violin Concerto with soloist Joshua Bell.
The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and is available to listen again here free of charge until 28 February.
Reviewed by Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk:
The London Philharmonic Choir (particularly the upper voices) made a persuasive case for the more bucolic episodes [of the Zemlinsky], sitting smoothly on the rather self-consciously verdant pastures summoned by Jurowski’s woodwind and harps.
Reviewed by Mark Berry, Boulezian blog:
The organ-founded climaxes [of the Szymanowski] packed quite a punch, but it was the Debussyan and Tristan-esque magic that truly ravished, for which conductor, orchestra, and choir were equally responsible.