Sir Simon Rattle: Berg & Beethoven – Classical Source

This was a finely prepared and often gripping account which warranted the enthusiastic reception it received.

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Birmingham Symphony Hall: Sir Simon Rattle: Berg & Beethoven – Midlands Music Reviews ★★★★★

A reconstruction of Berg's uncompleted Passacaglia led directly into the fascinating soundworld of the Three Pieces. Imagery, colour and rhythmic pungency were conveyed grippingly in Rattle's patiently built reading.

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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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Birmingham Symphony Hall: Sir Simon Rattle: Berg & Beethoven – The Arts Desk ★★★★

Every note in every ornament was audible, with a keen, biting precision from each player, the symphony was as flawless any listener could ever hope to hear.

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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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Nathalie Stutzmann: Brahms Symphony No 1 – The Arts Desk ★★★★

 The LSO woodwind and horns shone darkly, and we concluded in both serenity and splendour.

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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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Nathalie Stutzmann: Brahms Symphony No 1 – Classical Source

What emerged in the first movement ... was a lean and muscular sound, the brisk basic pulse taking the argument forward with clear-eyed determination.

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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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The Miraculous Mandarin – Bachtrack ★★★★

At once visceral and disciplined, (Roth) drew scintillating playing from each section...

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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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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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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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