Anderson, Mahler, Rott, Webern, Dvorák – The Observer

'Rattle and the LSO turned [Blumine] into a thing of sensuous beauty, the saccharine, mawkish trumpet melody, now taut and lean, played superbly by the orchestra’s new principal trumpet, James Fountain.'
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Unsuk Chin, Sibelius & Mahler – The Spectator

'Before a large and enthusiastic audience on a dismal early January night, [Chin's] piece and the performance felt like a booster shot of sunlight.'
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Unsuk Chin, Sibelius & Mahler – The Guardian

'The solo writing is strenuously demanding – Kavakos seemed totally at ease with every one of its challenges – while the LSO relished all the usual glitter and playful fizz of Chin’s sound world.'
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Anderson, Mahler, Rott, Webern, Dvorák – Evening Standard

'Arguably it’s [Blumine] better heard on its own, especially when given as magically as by the LSO players under Rattle.
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Unsuk Chin, Sibelius & Mahler – Daily Telegraph

'It was a heartening reminder that despite the deadening effects of the pandemic, composers are still able to dream big, ambitious dreams, and orchestras are still willing to make them a reality.'
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Anderson, Mahler, Rott, Webern, Dvorák – Financial Times

'Rattle and the LSO sounded on top form, happily back to business after so much disruption.'
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Debussy, Berlioz & Mahler – The Times

'the LSO’s playing was so pristine, and the attention to detail so precise that Karabits’s chiselled kaleidoscopes had their own value and force.'
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Unsuk Chin, Sibelius & Mahler – Financial Times

'Kavakos proved a tireless soloist, engaged in an almost constant dialogue with the orchestra.'
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Debussy, Berlioz & Mahler – Daily Telegraph

'Finally came the Mahler symphony, which was every bit as vividly coloured as one expected from that vital figure on the podium.'
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Anderson, Mahler, Rott, Webern, Dvorák – Bachtrack

'[Blumine's] moonlit mood and shimmering spirit were beautifully realised by Rattle and his players, on superb form throughout the evening.'
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Debussy, Berlioz & Mahler – Bachtrack

'All the sections of the LSO were on fine form in Berlioz’ Le Roi Lear...Karabits brought out all the angriness in the frequent blasts from the brass (a tuba replacing the original ophicleide), the heightened emotions in the agitated writing for the strings, and gave the affecting oboe solos traditionally associated with Lear’s misaligned daughter Cordelia time to breathe'
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Unsuk Chin, Sibelius & Mahler – The Times ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'When the London Symphony Orchestra is on this kind of supercharged form, and Simon Rattle doing repertoire he conducts more convincingly than anyone else, you really don’t want a concert to end.'
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Rózsa & Bartók – Daily Telegraph

'[Roman Simovic] certainly deserved their hearty appreciation for his agile way of turning instantly from melting lyricism to stamping rustic vigour.'

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