Ravel and Strauss – Seen and Heard

Here was a truly touching fragility and a magical transparency, as the muted strings’ syncopated breathing and the timpani’s pulse, faltering but still throbbing with life, was juxtaposed with the glistening harp and woodwind memories.

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Ravel and Strauss – Bachtrack ★★★★

[Canellakis] has a clear and continuous beat, conveys her own delight in the music, and reserves really expansive gestures for episodes of, well, transfiguration. Nothing could follow this, surely ... but few pieces end a concert as well as Ravel’s La valse.

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Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony – Evening Standard ★★★★★

[Beethoven]’s Symphony No 9 in D minor (Choral) was delivered, as always with these performers, as though every phrase, every note, really mattered.

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Daphnis and Chloe – The Sunday Times

Quietly devastating in her meticulousness, [Chan] gave us marvellously paced and phrased accounts of Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2 and — with the superb soloist Lukáš Vondráček — of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No 3 (what a heart-warming, flaring tutti climax to the finale).

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Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony – The Guardian ★★★★

From the opening moments, glowing with longing and tenderness, to the way the strings dug deep for the elegiac final movement, the orchestra’s performance was one of heightened colour and feverish energy.

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Symphonic Gospel Spirit – The Spectator

The LSO, the London Adventist Chorale and a huge community choir dispensed pure joy.

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Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony – The Telegraph ★★★★★

The playful vehemence of the Scherzo and hymnlike spirituality in the Adagio sounded all the more like pure Beethoven, making this a concert of gripping intensity.

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Daphnis and Chloe – Classical Source

Chan brought out exquisite detail whilst never losing sight of the big picture and clearly relished the work’s vibrant colours.

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Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony – Classical Source ★★★★★

Rattle inserted an unmarked, but highly effective, pause before the great theme and was beautifully phrased, which moved to a triumphant conclusion where the power of a full-sized modern symphony orchestra brought a lump to the throat.

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Christ on the Mount of Olives – The Sunday Times

I found myself constantly drawn to the inward drama of the tone-to-tone unfolding as governed by Rattle’s tempi ... one feels the music could take us anywhere.

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Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony – The Times ★★★★

Under Rattle, the LSO’s delicacy is astounding.

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Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony – Seen and Heard

The opening Rondo was sumptuously played by the orchestra’s rich strings, with particularly expressive contributions by woodwind and horns.

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Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony – Bachtrack ★★★★★

A Beethoven Ninth to remember from Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. This performance was sure to be a major highlight of Beethoven 250 in London.

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