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 tenor Jeremy Ovenden and 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 Richard Fairman, The Financial Times:
‘The effect here under Jurowski’s precise direction was suitably rapturous.’
Reviewed by Claudia Pritchard, The Independent:
‘Above all it was the Philharmonic Choir on spectacular form that breathed life into the sensual and ecstatic text. With tumescent, fluorescent climaxes from the organ and orchestra under an impassioned Vladimir Jurowski, this sexy love song was positively X-rated.’
Reviewed by Christian Hoskins, MusicOMH.com:
‘Jurowski delivered a performance full of colour and ardour, with carefully balanced textures and riveting climaxes. There were notable contributions from tenor Jeremy Ovenden and orchestra leader Pieter Schoeman as well as first horn and first trumpet.’
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse, Classicalsource.com:
‘Jurowski expertly managed the music’s surges of emotion without reining-in its dynamic power, while the contribution of the London Philharmonic Choir lacked nothing in commitment.’
Previous reviews of the concert here.