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A bumpy ride: thrills and spills in the LSO’s Sibelius and Berlioz

Sibelius/Berlioz: LSO/Heras-Casado *** Barbican, 28th June 2015 Fire and ice. When the cool, steely tone of Joshua Bell’s ‘Huberman’ Stradivarius met the feverish impetuosity of Pablo Heras-Casado at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra  for the final leg of … Continue reading

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Unwrapping an enigma: Gergiev’s electrifying Shostakovich 15

Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: LSO/Gergiev ***** Barbican Hall, 12th May 2015 “A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” That description could apply to Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony, with its impish musical quotations punctuating its dark brooding character. It would also … Continue reading

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A Russian heritage: Gergiev’s cataclysmic Rachmaninov with the LSO

Balakirev/Glazunov/Rachmaninov: LSO/ Gergiev *** Barbican Hall, 19th February 2015 With speculation mounting about the appointment of his successor as Principal Conductor, there has been little evaluation of Gergiev’s time at the helm of the LSO. Apart from an impulsive, erratic … Continue reading

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Devilishly good Mahler and Liszt from Ott, Noseda and the LSO

Liszt/Mahler: LSO/Noseda ***** Barbican Hall, 15th February 2015 A whiff of sulphur shrouded the Barbican this evening as Liszt met Mahler beneath the Mephistophelean glare of Gianandrea Noseda. The London Symphony Orchestra played like demons in a gripping reading of … Continue reading

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On angel’s wings: heavenly Berlioz from Susan Graham

Berlioz/Tchaikovsky: LSO/Elder **** Barbican Hall, 5th February 2015 Just occasionally, a musical experience is so exquisite, so divine, that you selfishly cannot bear to contemplate it ending. It’s that sensation of being so utterly caught up in the music’s rapt … Continue reading

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