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Concert Reviews: 14 October 2015

Krzysztof Penderecki

On 14 October, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was joined by Polish conductor, Krzysztof Penderecki in a world premiere performance of his Adagio for Strings and Horn Concerto, as well as his profound Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima. The conductor also broke away from his own works to conduct Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony.

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Concert Reviews: 3 October 2015

Leonidas Kavakos

On Saturday 3 October, London Philharmonic Orchestra was once again joined by their Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Vladimir Jurowski, as well as violinist Leonidas Kavakos, for a performance of Knussen, Sibelius, and Scriabin’s Third Symphony: The Divine Poem.

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Concert Reviews: 26 September 2015

On Saturday 26 September, the London Philharmonic Orchestra returned to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, for their second performance of the 15/16 season. The concert featured Taneyev’s St John of Damascus, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, and Sibelius’s Second Symphony.

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Concert Reviews: 23 September 2015

The opening concert of the LPO's 2015/16 season began with what Vladimir Jurowski describes as the 'Mount Everest' of symphonies, Mahler's Seventh. Jurowski, the LPO's Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser, was on the podium and ready for the challenge.

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LPO at BBC Proms 4 September 2015

This year’s LPO BBC Prom in a steamy Royal Albert Hall saw Vladimir Jurowski conduct Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Mitsuko Uchida as soloiost in Schoenberg’s rarely performed 20-minute Piano Concerto. But it was a powerfully bleak reading of Shostakovich Symphony No. 8, described by the composer as reflecting 'the terrible tragedy of the war',  which moved the critics.

 Available on the BBC iPlayer until Saturday 3 October in two parts:
Part 1
Part 2

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Glyndebourne 2015: Ravel reviews

This year’s Glyndebourne Festival has the look of being a vintage year with the final production of a Ravel double bill keeping the standard high. The two short operas, L'heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortilèges is conducted by Robin Ticciati, with Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese starring as both the sex-staved Concepción in L’heure and the naughty boy in L’enfant.

 

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Glyndebourne 2015: Britten reviews

Britten's rarely performed The Rape of Lucretia arrived at Glyndebourne in July, and has received some excellent reviews so far. Conducted by Leo Hussain, and directed by Fiona Shaw, the production involves a chamber orchestra of just 13 players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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