Stravinsky ballets – Classical Source

Cumulatively, there was plenty to stun, plenty of elemental drama, every department of the LSO excelling, the coloration vivid, inevitable, terrifying, snarling, the processional, assault and climaxes relentless.
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Stravinsky ballets – Bachtrack

Only the superlatives, only the full five stars can do justice to an evening which is bound to stay imprinted on the memory. This was a very fine concert indeed.
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Stravinsky ballets – The Arts Desk

Well, last night, with no celebratory overload around the main event, the homecomer was flying like a firebird, and taking a newly galvanized orchestra with him, at the start of another genuine spectacular.
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Stravinsky ballets – Evening Standard

Rattle and his superlative LSO players did full justice to [The Firebird's] ravishing sonorities, capturing also its enchanted quality.
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The Damnation of Faust – MusicOMH

The orchestra was brilliant throughout, providing some magical moments: the lightest of string tones at the opening of Parts 1 and 3; the woodwind’s uncannily accurate representation of a military silver-band for the Marche Hongroise, the dark brooding quality of the opening of Part 2; the perfect Second-Empire sound of muted woodwind and brass, trembling strings and soft timpani for the opening of the Easter Hymn; and just the right touch of the gothic for the terrifying gallop for the Course d’abîme, where Berlioz’s writing is at its most florid, and care needs to be taken not to stray into camp overstatement (it feels as though it needs only the addition of coconut hoof-beats for it to tip into comedy).
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