Total Liszt – The Times

Pappano and his superb players shaped it all with love.
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Total Liszt – Daily Telegraph

Very much the protagonist in the dialogue with orchestra, she displayed staggering power while sustaining tonal depth. Her rock-solid technique, mixing spitfire virtuosity with extreme delicacy, allowed her to shape the work into something more than merely a showpiece.
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Bernstein & Mahler – Sunday Times

In contrast was Bernstein’s modest-scaled flute concertante Halil, in which Adam Walker was the nimble soloist, and whose typical conjunction of popular and modernist idioms brought Malcolm Arnold to mind.
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Total Liszt – Classical Source

Pappano and the LSO were unstinting in their support, to the evident enjoyment of Ott, who responded to the enthusiastic applause with an appealing, if not ideally poised, rendition of Chopin's C-sharp minor Nocturne (Op.posth.).
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Bernstein & Mahler – The Observer

Bloom delivered the text with fierce calm, Alsop ever vigilant in cueing her as well as the rest of the multilayered forces.
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Total Liszt – Bachtrack

Ott's devil wore an impish grin, the pianist exchanging gleeful smiles over her shoulder with leader Carmine Lauri, and she caressed the quieter moments, enveloping the score in rippled silk. Pappano and the LSO were devilish accomplices, leering horns, sinuous clarinets and col legno string slaps and spiccato effects rattling like skeletons.
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Bernstein & Mahler – Sunday Express

LSO principal flautist Adam Walker brought out the poignancy of the lone flute to the percussion’s sounds of battle.
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Total Liszt – The Guardian

Pappano and the LSO probed the complex textures with subtle elegance in a performance that was refined and rapt in its beauty.
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Bernstein 1 & Mahler 1 – The Times

The orchestra bit hungrily into the ominous prelude, danced ferociously in that strange middle section, then made way for a terrifically impassioned Jamie Barton to sing verses from the book of Jeremiah. When she was in full cry you could probably hear the American mezzo-soprano from Tel Aviv.
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Bernstein 1 & Mahler 1 – Sunday Times

As a first symphony, splendidly realised here ... it is flabbergasting in its self-assurance.
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Bernstein 1 & Mahler 1 – Seen and Heard

Barton has a big voice, yet she phrases with intense musicality, full voiced and anguished yet tender. Solo strings from the LSO’s fine body created a web of the utmost beauty. This was a wonderful performance of a significant work that simply deserves more credit.
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Bernstein & Mahler – The Spectator

And the effect, in this performance under Bernstein’s former protégée Marin Alsop? Electrifying.
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Bernstein 1 & Mahler 1 – Classical Source

In this performance Alsop found plenty of depth in their declamation, the LSO string desks digging in to the Harris-like rhetoric
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