2017/18 season opening concert – The Times

As music-making, it was electrifying. In half a century I have rarely heard any orchestra so obviously relishing being challenged to the limit of its virtuosity, rapport and stamina. Whether stonking through the pounding techno-beats of Thomas Adès’s Asyla or bringing the provincial Victorian characters of Enigma vividly to life, the LSO responded to its new guv’nor like a Derby winner to a master jockey.
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2017/18 season opening concert – Evening Standard

Oliver Knussen’s Symphony No. 3 positively teems with humanity. The amplitude and richness of the score was realised superbly by the LSO on top form under Rattle.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – The Times

Enlivened by the technical and interpretive challenge, the LSO players were tirelessly responsive to the gestures of their incoming music director.
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2017/18 season opening concert – Classical Source

[Asyla] is a remarkable piece and was especially so here; Rattle led an urgent and intense account, revealing fully the music’s discombobulating eeriness, macabre marches and scathing trumpet tattoos.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – Daily Telegraph

Performances are understandably rare, but few venues are better suited to accommodating them than the Royal Albert Hall, making this Prom a spectacular highlight of the season and an obvious draw.
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2017/18 season opening concert – Financial Times

But it was in the following work, Oliver Knussen’s Symphony No 3, that we could most fully appreciate the finesse of the Rattle-meets-LSO machine. The work’s transparent textures and luminous orchestration could not have been served much better.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – Evening Standard

Simon Rattle and his magnificent massed ranks of musicians – the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus plus the CBSO Chorus and Orfeó Català – indeed seemed to shake the celestial vaults here, though miraculously there was still something in reserve for the work’s apotheosis.
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2017/18 season opening concert – The Arts Desk

In a time when there isn't much good news around, this exciting evening suggested that this potentially epochal combination of conductor and orchestra is at least one reason to be cheerful.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – The Independent

Combined choruses from London, Birmingham and Barcelona gave their collective all, while the London Symphony Orchestra responded with an energy though also dexterity that bodes well for when Rattle becomes Music Director next month.
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2017/18 season opening concert – iNews

But Rattle’s master-stroke was to conclude with a performance of the Enigma Variations which had such visceral excitement that it felt absolutely new-minted. Welcome home, maestro.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – Financial Times

But the real strength of this performance was the way that Rattle managed to meld the work’s disparate elements into a cohesive whole, so that the choral climaxes felt like a natural consequence of all that had preceded them.But the real strength of this performance was the way that Rattle managed to meld the work’s disparate elements into a cohesive whole, so that the choral climaxes felt like a natural consequence of all that had preceded them.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – The Spectator

It glittered with vivid orchestral detail, delivered with a flickering, quicksilver subtlety that placed Schoenberg in the same stylistic universe as two other Rattle touchstones: Parsifal and Debussy’s Pelléas.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – Bachtrack

It was also clear that the orchestra were enjoying themselves immensely under Rattle’s baton, and that the feeling was mutual. As an indication of what’s to come, this performance was an absolute treat.
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