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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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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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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New Music Britain - The Times

‘Bugle calls and a soprano’s vocalise floated across landscapes of poignant, almost hurtful beauty, fresh in the composer’s mind from his experiences with the Field Ambulance service in the First World War. Rattle dug into this masterpiece with due sensitivity and care.’

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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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New Music Britain - The Telegraph

‘A brand-new piece adds an extra frisson to an opening night, and it duly arrived in the shape of Julian Anderson’s Exiles, which received a partial premiere of two of its three parts.’

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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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New Music Britain - Bachtrack

'The orchestra really let their hair down and bagpiper Robert Jordan, in full regalia, walking through the audience at the end, rounded off this most enjoyable evening with a wheezy bang.'

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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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New Music Britain - The Guardian

'On the podium, Simon Rattle grinned; the audience giggled at Max’s musical jokes.'

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