Ponchielli, Verdi & Puccini – MusicOMH

The orchestra reserved the best of its technical brilliance, though, for the rapid, wall-of-death contrapuntal passages in the final movement, which were brought off with the élan that the LSO musters so well.
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Ponchielli, Verdi & Puccini – Bachtrack

Puccini’s mass isn’t the greatest work, but Pappano’s advocacy was sincere and most persuasive to crown a wonderful evening.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Financial Times

Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G shot out of the blocks like a champion racer — impressive that Trifonov’s fingers can get round the notes at that speed, even more so that the LSO’s first trumpet could keep up.
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Weill, Rachmaninov & Stravinsky – Seen and Heard

A fabulous concert. Shani is a powerful – and powerfully intelligent – musician, of that there is no doubt. The world seems to be his oyster; and so it should be.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Evening Standard

... there is no better way to end a concert than with Ravel’s La Valse. Rattle caught the opening’s menace perfectly, building inexorably from there to its auto-destructive climax.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Sunday Times

Of course, anything less than absolute presentness of focus is unthinkable from Rattle, and he made every item vivid in his inimitable way.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Bachtrack

The LSO saved their best till last, for this was superb in both sensuous atmosphere and devastating execution.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Daily Telegraph

Ah, French music – so sensuously coloured, so graceful, so refreshingly free of moral seriousness. That’s the received view at least, and anyone who shares it would have been delighted by last night’s ravishingly performed concert from the LSO, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – The Independent

Showcasing the versatility of the LSO, the rest of this evening is pure pleasure.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Seen and Heard

Each of the five movements danced with colour, grace, and a refreshing lack of doctrinaire ‘authenticity’.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Classical Source

Alertness and playfulness were the hallmarks of the LSO’s Suite from Poulenc’s Les Biches, taking in its stride the ambivalence of its outwardly elegant score with gestures of innuendo and sexual knowingness in the ballet’s scenario.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – The Arts Desk

With that swaggering trumpet once more to the fore, the LSO relished every mouthful of this gloriously sly and smart neo-classical confection: a bit like Grieg’s Holberg Suite, but with added cocaine and crème-de-menthe.
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Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – The Times

Other delights? His thrilling encore, his transcription from Rachmaninov’s The Bells; the LSO’s gorgeous finesse; the Rameau dances; and Ravel’s La Valse, powerfully whirled by Rattle towards the cataclysmic last bars. We need more concerts like this.
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