Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit – The Arts Desk

'In addition to the familiar, smoky sound we know and love from this gorgeous, still-underrated member of the string family, there was violinistic soaring into the stratosphere, nimble wise-cracking, chameleon-like colouration adapted to a range of unusual orchestral combinations, and the switching-on of power in the finale to sound like an entire orchestral viola section.'
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Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit – Bachtrack

'The LSO strings have never sounded as warm and full as when opening the piece and in the many later tuttis.'
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Bruckner's Journey to the 'Romantic' Symphony - The Times

'Rattle dived in first with two “offcuts”, but they were delivered with an infectious energy that made them more than footnotes.'

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Nicola Benedetti & Daniel Harding: Evening Standard

'Harding and the excellent LSO sensitively negotiated the switches between dark tragic colouring and sunny lyrical warmth. Especially poignant was the final chorale for wind and brass, complemented by seraphic strings: piteous, almost a benediction.'
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Bruckner's Journey to the 'Romantic' Symphony - Evening Standard

'This concert provided a rare opportunity to hear the rejected movements, receiving their UK premieres.'

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Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit - The Times

'The moment Tamestit struck up, firm in tone but effortlessly soulful, he and his precious 1672 instrument (the earliest surviving Stradivarius viola) had our complete attention.'

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Bruckner's Journey to the 'Romantic' Symphony - theartsdesk.com

'His Bruckner is always compelling, and there is a rigour about it that only comes of deep engagement with the scores.'

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Bruckner's Journey to the 'Romantic' Symphony - Seen and Heard

'A concert that was at once educational and wholly emotionally involving, therefore. That it was played to a packed hall is testament to the efficacy of Rattle’s vision, and one hopes for much more of this adventuresome spirit in the future.' 

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New Music Britain - The Guardian

'One of the many things we are going to miss about Simon Rattle when he leaves his post as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2023 (to be replaced by Pappano) is his unerring ability to make musical connections, to show us the golden thread that links music across the ages.'

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Ondřej Adámek & Beethoven - inews

'The London Symphony Orchestra’s regular Half Six Fix is a quick shot rather than the full classical cocktail: one hour; one symphony; no messing around. With a spoken introduction and a deliberately relaxed atmosphere, it’s a low-commitment way of hearing some big repertoire with time for dinner afterwards.'

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Ondřej Adámek & Beethoven - The Times

‘The orchestra, meanwhile, becomes a giant echo chamber, latching on to her phrases and turning them into volcanic flares of sound, many produced by using conventional instruments in highly unconventional ways.’

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Bruckner's Journey to the 'Romantic' Symphony - The Guardian

'Climaxes were unforced and majestic, with some persuasively idiomatic slowings-down at key moments. Throughout, the LSO played with searing commitment and a genuine bloom to their sound.'

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New Music Britain - inews

'The LSO are back, and the party’s just getting started.'

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