Schumann & Berlioz – Bachtrack

Acknowledging the audiences’ enthusiasm, Gardiner and the LSO reprised the last section of the Scherzo. Under Gardiner’s leadership, the LSO have rediscovered a compelling language.
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Schumann & Berlioz – Classical Source

The musicians responded gratifyingly to the Adagio’s heart-wrenching invention, not least oboist Olivier Stankiewicz whose phrasing was a thing of beauty, and the whole had an almost unbearable emotional power, and the Finale was blistering.
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Helen Grime/Prokofiev/Strauss – Seen and Heard

If I have heard better live performances of either Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto or Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, then I must have forgotten them.
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Brahms/Dutilleux/Ravel (Colston Hall, Bristol) – Bristol 24/7

Sumptuous in their portrayal of some of classical music’s best loved works, the LSO proved beyond doubt that they deserve their place amongst the leaders of classical music. A night to remember, a night of glory, a night of utterly transformative music.
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Helen Grime/Prokofiev/Strauss – The Times

[Harding] handled this one brilliantly, savouring each luridly picturesque moment while still suggesting that serious musical thought underpinned every bar.
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Brahms/Dutilleux/Ravel – The Times

In the Ravel, every detail of the Dance générale sprang from the energy and precision of the harps. Bringuier’s technique and taste are impeccable. What a remarkable debut.
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Helen Grime/Prokofiev/Strauss – Classical Source

Harding’s reading was packed full of dramatic incident, steering an authoritative course through the disparate episodes of the music’s continuous span
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Brahms/Dutilleux/Ravel – Classical Source

The LSO caught every nuance of its opulent orchestration, with Bringuier presiding over a miraculous clarity and separation of texture.
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Dvorák/Bruch/Elgar – Bachtrack

The orchestra played their part with real fire at times, especially in the extended tutti near the end of the first movement, and in the high-stepping gypsy finale.
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Brahms/Dutilleux/Ravel – Seen and Heard

Needless to say, the LSO played with outstanding virtuosity.
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Janácek/Bartók/Elgar – The Times

[Elder's] measured interpretation disclosed so much detail, and the playing was gloriously suave.
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Brahms/Dutilleux/Ravel – Bachtrack

...with the LSO in absolute top form under the baton of the young French conductor Lionel Bringuier, two such masterpieces by Brahms and Ravel served above all as an exciting showcase for orchestra.
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Dvorák/Bruch/Elgar – Classical Source

Elder’s rapport with the LSO enabled a performance of absolute conviction over its hour-long duration.
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