Last week the London Philharmonic Orchestra joined forces with the Russian National Orchestra to present three concerts on a theme of ‘War and Peace’: one concert each, and a joint concert with both orchestras, all conducted by LPO Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.
Wednesday 3 October 2012: Britten, Walton & Prokofiev (Vladimir Jurowski, Lawrence Power & LPO)
‘Vladimir Jurowski’s programme of British and Russian orchestral firecrackers demonstrated the outstanding form we’re currently enjoying from the London Philharmonic. The very first hammer-blow chord of Benjamin Britten’s forcefully argued Sinfonia da Requiem announced the players’ determined purpose, the orchestra maintaining its fearsomely high standard throughout the evening.’
Andrew Morris, Classical Source
Friday 5 October 2012: Tchaikovsky, Britten & Shostakovich (Vladimir Jurowski, Lawrence Power, LPO & RNO)
‘The final burst into processional flames, with the 30-plus violins magnificently ranged left and right of the conductor and brass keeping their collective head, worked its blatant charm as it only really can in a great concert-hall occasion. This was certainly such an event.’
David Nice, The Arts Desk
‘Lawrence Power probed Britten’s exploration of the viola’s soul judiciously and Jurowski’s concern with minutiae paid dividends; this most-beautiful music sang.’
Kevin Rogers, Classical Source
‘There are few more overwhelming perorations in music than that effected by the defiant trombone-led return of the Leningrad’s opening theme at the close of the piece and with Shostakovich’s augmented brass section in full cry (and maybe, too, the legacy of these momentous events so intensely felt by the Russian players) the message could not have been more emphatic.’
Edward Seckerson (blog)
The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s season continues this Friday, 12 October, with a programme of Prokofiev, Elgar and Sibelius under conductor Vassily Sinaisky with cellist Sol Gabetta. The concert is almost sold out, but at the time of writing there are still a few tickets left.
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