Bernstein Age of Anxiety & Wonderful Town – Bachtrack

For the curtain call finale the contagious "Conga" was reprised as cast and choir snaked and kicked their legs through the aisles of the hall – picking up audience members along the way – leading to a riotous on-stage dance. An evening finally of memorable fun and high-spirits with the anxiety of the dank, chilly outside world, for a time, forgotten.
Read full review

Bernstein Age of Anxiety & Wonderful Town – Evening Standard

[Alysha Umphress's] vigour and vulgarity energised everyone, including Rattle. He gave us an encore, a reprise of the work’s celebrated Conga, which had the audience dancing in the aisles. You don’t get that after a Mahler symphony, that’s for sure.
Read full review

Strauss & Mahler – Sunday Express

Gerhaher reflected eloquently on The Lonely One in Autumn. The final song, The Farewell, showed Gerhaher at his most introspective – beautifully phrased – and every word distinct. Eight double basses added foreboding notes to the poet’s farewell. An evening to remember.
Read full review

Bernstein Age of Anxiety & Wonderful Town – The Times

If you want to give someone a fun Christmas present, beg, borrow or steal a ticket for Thursday evening. That’s when the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle repeat this joyous concert presentation of Leonard Bernstein’s 1953 musical Wonderful Town.
Read full review (subscription required)

Bernstein Age of Anxiety & Wonderful Town – The Guardian

Rattle’s performance had just the right brassy pizzazz, with a cast led by the irrepressible Alysha Umphress as Ruth and Danielle de Niese as Eileen
Read full review

Strauss & Mahler – Opera Today

This Rattle/LSO Das Lied von der Erde was also outstanding because Rattle understood its structural architecture ... the LSO plays for him as if divinely inspired.
Read full review

Strauss & Mahler – The Times

The gorgeous orchestral playing alone, so subtly coloured and controlled, made this a concert to remember.
Read full review (subscription required)

Bernstein Age of Anxiety & Wonderful Town – Seen and Heard

The LSO and Rattle were unfailingly sympathetic accompanists – the work is essentially a piano concerto in all but name – and articulate, engaged contributors in their own right.
Read full review

Strauss & Mahler – Daily Telegraph

Here, the virtuoso playing of the LSO strings made sure every thread in Strauss’s luxuriant brocade was visible, and Rattle’s sure guiding hand made the desolate ending feel like the end of everything.
Read full review

Bernstein Age of Anxiety & Wonderful Town – Financial Times

its musical portrayal of New York seethes with raw energy and was brilliantly played here by Rattle and the LSO, especially the jazz band brass, giving the John Wilson Orchestra a run for its money.
Read full review

Strauss & Mahler – Evening Standard

The sound was warm but never congested, even at climaxes, the final moments almost spectral as the sonic vibrations sank resignedly into the enfolding silence.
Read full review

Bernstein Age of Anxiety & Wonderful Town – The Arts Desk

the London Symphony was on top form, and readily responsive to his always clear direction.
Read full review

Strauss & Mahler – Classical Source

Rattle, Gerhaher and the LSO then pulled off something remarkable in ‘Der Abschied’, flattering the poem’s beautifully poised emptying of emotion.
Read full review