Ponchielli, Verdi & Puccini – The Times

Then came Verdi’s wonderfully idiosyncratic String Quartet in a version for full strings, at its headiest in the climactic fugal scherzo, dispatched by the LSO with a fleet precision almost beyond belief.
Read full review (subscription required)

Ponchielli, Verdi & Puccini – Classical Source

The London Symphony Chorus was splendid, as much in the big statements as in the more plangent and intimate passages, and the LSO and Pappano encouraged us to luxuriate shamelessly in the theatre of devotion.
Read full review

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.
Read full review 

Ponchielli, Verdi & Puccini – The Arts Desk

The final Mass movement can often be an anticlimax in concert performances of such works, but Pappano made sure this one had special magic, and a reverent silence at the end.
Read full review

Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Seen and Heard

Each of the five movements danced with colour, grace, and a refreshing lack of doctrinaire ‘authenticity’.
Read full review

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.
Read full review

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.
Read full review

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.
Read full review

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.
Read full review

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.
Read full review

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.
Read full review

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.
Read full review (subscription required)

Rameau, Betsy Jolas, Ravel, Poulenc – Bachtrack

The LSO saved their best till last, for this was superb in both sensuous atmosphere and devastating execution.
Read full review