Singapore & Australia Tour
17–30 November 2014
Melbourne, Arts Centre Melbourne: 28 November
Herald Sun, 1 Dec 2014
In the Classical Symphony of Prokofiev the strings particularly impressed. The exposed, stratospheric first-violin figures of the first movement were delicate but never tentative, and the impossibly quick finale was exhilarating for its sparkling precision.
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 Dec 2014
... the body is finely honed with elegant, assertive strings and splendid first-desk personnel among the woodwind, notably the principal flute and oboe.
Sydney, Sydney Opera House: 26 November
Sydney Morning Herald, 27 Nov 2014
Demonic in quick music, musically absorbed in slow, he mesmerised the audience with his performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev with commanding concentration and incisiveness.
Limelight Magazine, 27 Nov 2014
... this was Gergiev and his wonderful band setting up their stall in spectacular fashion under 33-year-old leader Roman Simovic
Sydney, Sydney Opera House: 25 November
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 Nov 2014
The most impressive element, however, was their responsiveness. Getting 100 people to play as one is hard. Getting them to change direction, or speed, or mood, on a dime, is quite extraordinary. At times it felt like they were making it up as they went along, changing pace on a whim, and yet I struggled to hear a single note out of place.
Limelight Magazine, 26 Nov 2014
[Shostakovich Symphony No 10] is a Gergiev speciality and the LSO’s performance last night could probably not have been bettered anywhere on the planet.
Sydney, Sydney Opera House: 24 November
Sydney Morning Herald, 25 Nov 2014
It was in moments like the second theme of the third movement, that the deep cohesion and unanimity of the LSO's strings shone through, while the finale rejoiced in shrill swagger from the clarinet and raucous percussion.
Bachtrack, 25 Nov 2014
Right from the opening chord, every phrase, every entry, every musical question and its response was presented in a phenomenally translucent way, heard like this only on rare occasions – not only in Australian concert halls but anywhere around the world.
Limelight Magazine, 25 Nov 2014
[Prokofiev Symphony No 5] is one of the few dozen or so genuinely great symphonies of the 20th century and Gergiev and LSO gave the most powerful and intense performances I’ve ever heard.
The Daily Telegraph, 25 Nov 2014
piano, strings and brass (including a show-stopping trumpet solo) all shone as they teased out the cruelty and pain in the sad tale of the puppet Petrushka
Brisbane, Queensland Performing Arts Centre: 22 November 2014
The Australian, 24 Nov 2014
...so searing was the orchestral sound, so thrilling the sense that everyone, right to the back desks of the strings, was playing for their lives.
Singapore, The Esplanade: 20 November 2014
The Straits Times, 21 Nov 2014
Gergiev broke the mould with comfortable tempos for the first three movements, and a brisk but unhurried finale. The finesse and obvious ability of all the musicians made for a polished performance
Singapore, The Esplanade: 19 November 2014
The Straits Times, 20 Nov 2014
The rousing brass fanfare was followed by a series of impressive solo runs from the woodwinds, establishing the tenor of the work, which flourished on its fast-paced and high-octane delivery.