Helen Grime/Prokofiev/Strauss – Seen and Heard

If I have heard better live performances of either Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto or Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, then I must have forgotten them.
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Helen Grime/Prokofiev/Strauss – The Times

[Harding] handled this one brilliantly, savouring each luridly picturesque moment while still suggesting that serious musical thought underpinned every bar.
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Janácek/Bartók/Elgar – Seen and Heard

We are used to experiencing virtuoso playing from the LSO, but here the sheer beauty of the playing, particularly in the depth and sonority of the string sound, was quite special.
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Helen Grime/Prokofiev/Strauss – Classical Source

Harding’s reading was packed full of dramatic incident, steering an authoritative course through the disparate episodes of the music’s continuous span
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Janácek/Bartók/Elgar – Classical Source

The performance itself felt fresh and true with leader Carmine Lauri making something lovely of his impossibly high-lying solo.
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Dvorák/Bruch/Elgar – Bachtrack

The orchestra played their part with real fire at times, especially in the extended tutti near the end of the first movement, and in the high-stepping gypsy finale.
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Janácek/Bartók/Elgar – Bachtrack

Elder has mastered the art of control and restraint in Elgar’s music, building up at just the right point and then allowing the orchestra to take full flight, giving flashes of brilliance and digging deep in the emotionally charged narrative. It was stirring stuff indeed.
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Janácek/Bartók/Elgar – The Times

[Elder's] measured interpretation disclosed so much detail, and the playing was gloriously suave.
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Mahler Symphony No 2 – Bachtrack

Bychkov maintained a grip on the piece throughout, the music never veering away in focus. A triumphant account which deserved the enthusiastic reception it was given from the audience.
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Dvorák/Bruch/Elgar – Classical Source

Elder’s rapport with the LSO enabled a performance of absolute conviction over its hour-long duration.
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Mahler Symphony No 2 – Daily Telegraph

Bychkov drew superb playing from the LSO, with sounds that signified something special – the harps, for instance, suggesting a tolling of bells.
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Mahler Symphony No 2 – Sunday Times

Its prodigious forces were marshalled and focused to a degree I’ve rarely experienced. Anna Larsson and Christiane Karg were wonderful vocal soloists. This was the classical concert as absolute essence.
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Mahler Symphony No 2 – Classical Source

Bychkov never let up in a searing performance that wove together the epic and the personal with exceptional clarity.
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