The 2012 Glyndebourne Festival opened on Sunday 20 May with a new production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Melly Still. The London Philharmonic Orchestra appeared under Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Here’s what the papers had to say…
‘This initiating performance was a musical joy from beginning to end … Having addressed some of the music in its final Royal Festival Hall concert of the just-finished season, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s members were in impeccable form fully exploiting their instruments’ tonal and dynamic possibilities, Vladimir Jurowski perfectly pacing and explicating music that is both inimitable and original.’
Colin Anderson, Classicalsource.com
‘Director Melly Still and Vladimir Jurowski, conducting an incandescent London Philharmonic Orchestra, show just how flexible it’s possible to be with the viciousness and the vivacity in Janáček’s kaleidoscope … Jurowski paces his diaphanous orchestra perfectly from a light and airy start, woodwind glinting through leafy strings, to the surges of rapture for the Vixen’s dreams of girlhood and an even more passionate rhapsody for the apparently disgruntled Forester once his catch has flown the nest by biting through her leash.’
David Nice, Theartsdesk.com
‘In the pit, conductor Vladimir Jurowski brings out the craggy grandeur of Janacek’s orchestral landscape, but he also has an ear for its gentler beauties, with glowing contributions from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s wind section.’
Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard
‘Rarely has the score’s village-band primitivism, breathless animation, and dappled lyricism been so virtuosically painted as by Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.’
Edward Seckerson, The Independent
‘Vladimir Jurowski’s gloriously confident conducting of the London Philharmonic is the evening’s other outstanding virtue. Sometimes – as in Meistersinger here last year – I’ve felt that Jurowski’s penetrating intelligence takes too tight a grip on the music and ends up wringing it dry. Not here, however, where the maestro appeared to relax and enjoy himself, allowing warmth and sweetness as well as clarity and precision to shine through.’
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
‘Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with lustrous style: you can hear the “birds” in the score, feel the sunshine and thrill to the starlit night sky in the final scene … Although Jurowski softens the sharper edges of Janáček’s idiom, he creates surges so lush that he brings out the vigorous life force that’s fundamental to the meaning of this opera.’
Doundou Tchil, Classical Iconoclast blog
The Cunning Little Vixen continues until 28 June. More information, including booking details and full creative team and cast details, here.
Later this summer at Glyndebourne, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Rossini’s La Cenerentola under James Gaffigan, Puccini’s La bohème under Kirill Karabits, and a double-bill of Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges under Kazushi Ono.