Sun 26 Sep 2010 - Gergiev/Gough/Marriner
A totally wonderful concert on Sunday; the playful Schchedrin, the exquisite Strauss and the mighty, fabulous Mahler... yes, I liked it !
It was a 198 - mile round trip from Suffolk, worth it just to hear Andrew Marriner's first note in the Strauss.
Thank you to all LSO players and Maestro Gergiev for yet another unforgettable evening.
We enjoyed the concert very much and it was great to see the Barbican buzzing on a Sunday night (I remember the days when the City was completely dead over the weekend).
Sat 25 Sep 2010 - Gergiev/Matsuev
Definitely one of the most enjoyable performances I have heard this year. Was taken aback by Shchedrin's Carmen suite. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of discovering this amazing artist. Gergiev and the LSO, as always.....no words. Also extremely pleased to have attended Shchredin's talk on Sunday. A very satisfied member of the audience!
Yes, I agree with most of what critics said about this LSO performance. I would like to add that Gergiev's fluttering hands went a long way in making this performance a wonderful experience. Gergiev managed to bring into the score a Spanish touch of Ravel's arrangement, which added a pinch of salt to the exotic scent of Mussorgsky's music.
I thought it was an excellent concert.