Elgar, Tippett & Vaughan Williams – The Sunday Times

The celebratory energy of Tippett’s writing shone forth. Here, truly, was dynamic rhythm — not a matter of assertion or aggression, but of spiritual grace.

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The Miraculous Mandarin – Seen and Heard

Under [Roth's] guidance, the LSO’s delivery of the score was truly miraculous.

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Leningrad Symphony – Bachtrack


The key change at the climax was shattering, the ensuing restoration of calm rather uneasy… a fine Seventh Symphony, continuing Noseda’s impressive Shostakovich cycle.

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The Miraculous Mandarin – Classical Source

Roth drove this uncompromising score forward with a thrilling and theatrical precision.

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Leningrad Symphony – Classical Source

From the stirrings of the lower strings at the outset of the Finale … and the commanding snapped pizzicatos that followed, there was a collective sense of a gathering resolution, aided by pulses of rhythmic energy and propulsion.

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Rameau, Purcell & Handel – Classical Source

Haïm brought out the acrobatic grotesquery of the Monkey’s Dance and the final Chaconne had a glittering quality at its close.

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Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony- Bachtrack

The Finale was everything it should be – the noble theme erupting into a frenzy of charged emotions, stoically battling on … Noseda and the LSO went at it with a fervour and volatility that proved devastating.

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Elgar, Tippett & Vaughan Williams – The Arts Desk

[Cargill] also hones the most exquisite tone colours, the perfect match for the LSO's hyper-refinement under Pappano.

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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto – Bachtrack

The Allegro marcato swung along with plenty of insouciance and caustic bite – all superbly balanced and showcasing individual LSO talents to pleasing effect.

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Elgar, Tippett & Vaughan Williams – Bachtrack ★★★★★


Most impressive of all was Pappano’s well-prepared, glamorous interpretation of Vaughan Williams furious Symphony no. 4 ... with a cleanness of delivery that revealed the carefully conceived intricacies of the orchestration.

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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto – Evening Standard

In Tilson Thomas’ hands, the opening of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto had the ominous quality of an opera overture and there was an appropriately vocal quality in the playing of his soloist, Nicola Benedetti.

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Leningrad Symphony – The Times

Searing and magnificently played, this was the kind of performance that seemed to present as if for the first time all the anger, nostalgia, pride and sorrow of this hammering symphony.

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Romeo and Juliet – Bachtrack

The orchestra was magnificent throughout, with a Queen Mab scherzo of hair-trigger responses as Berlioz’s fabulous orchestration dazzled with kaleidoscopic brilliance.

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