Reviews: 24 March 2012 – Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth, Roderick Williams and the LPC

On Saturday 24 March, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder performed Delius’s Sea Drift with the London Philharmonic Choir and baritone soloist Roderick Williams; Elgar’s Symphony No. 1; and the world première of The Discovery of Heaven by the Orchestra’s Composer in Residence Julian Anderson (conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth).

Reviewed by Colin Anderson,
‘Elder paced the work [Sea Drift] perfectly, alive to its ebb and flow and its puffing and billowing … Roderick Williams’s honeyed baritone, effortless projection and impeccable enunciation bringing distinction to a 25-minute journey (so too Pieter Schoeman’s violin solos) that can seem unrelievedly sad (doom-laden bass drum strokes adding to the gloom) until spring-like consolation finally offers some hope. Whether Sea Drift is Delius’s masterpiece or not, this was a winning performance of it.’

Reviewed by Andrew Clements, The Guardian:
‘[The Discovery of Heaven] is a gripping journey in three movements, conducted superbly by Ryan Wigglesworth…’

Reviewed by Hilary Finch, The Times (not available online):
‘… This was all done with the artistry and assurance for which Anderson is renowned … What we heard was a brilliant response to a commission, conducted with authority and great clarity by Ryan Wigglesworth.’

Listen to our March 2012 podcast, in which Julian Anderson introduces The Discovery of Heaven.
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