Review – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Karina Canellakis and Pablo Ferrández play Shostakovich and Brahms
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by Jon Jacob
3d ago
A captivating programme from beginning to end. Mussorgsky’s efficiently theatrical Prelude to Kohavanshchina prepared us nicely for cellist Pablo Ferrández’s epic performance of Shostakovich’s first cello concerto. Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 was a rendition brimming with a ‘beginning of the new term’ hope and expectation.   Pablo Ferrández is an immensely likable performer whose resolutely committed playing makes for a gripping performance. The opening solo material ricocheted around the auditorium making it seem like members of the audience were whispering to one another throughou ..read more
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Review – London Mozart Players celebrate 75 years
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by Jon Jacob
2w ago
The London Mozart Players celebrated their 75th birthday on Saturday night at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, with a night of Mozart conducted by Jonathan Bloxham. Joining them on stage were pianists Imogen Cooper and Martin James-Bartlett. Our compere (complete with natty clipboard) the ever reliable presenter Petroc Trelawny.   The seventy-five year-old chamber orchestra doesn’t shy away from its trials and tribulations in the concert brochure. It’s former executive director Julia Debruslais tells the story of how the group came back from the brink ten years ago. The story is prescient. Liv ..read more
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Review – Gavin Higgins new Horn Concerto with London Chamber Orchestra and Ben Goldscheider
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by Jon Jacob
2w ago
This week’s hot ticket was the London premiere of Gavin Higgins new horn concerto written for and played by Ben Goldscheider and the London Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. An excitable crowd heard a programme that also included string music by Elizabeth Maconchy, plus Sibelius 5 and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4.   The LCO were more responsive when Goldscheider played and directed the Mozart. The horn player brings a brisk business-like energy to the stage. This was reflected in the closer attention to detail and the responsiveness of the ensemble. The second movement romance, in p ..read more
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Review – Philharmonia plays Shostakovich Violin 2 and Strauss at Royal Festival Hall
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by Jon Jacob
3w ago
Sibelius Andante festivo Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 2 Strauss Death and Transfiguration Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Philharmonia Orchestra Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor    Royal Festival Hall Sunday 4 February 2024 This was my first concert in London after ten days of luxurious US sounds in New York and LA. The Philharmonia created a much leaner sound in comparison and the physical space felt a whole lot more intimate. That I was sat in a box overlooking the stage makes the idea that it felt like we were all crammed in a small space hardly surprising. But ..read more
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Review – Boston Symphony Orchestra and Seong-Jin Cho at Carnegie Hall play Ravel, Stravinsky and León
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by Jon Jacob
3w ago
IN THE LAST WEEK OF JANUARY, JON JACOB EMBARKS ON A THOROUGHLY GOOD EXPEDITION TO NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, ATTENDING CONCERTS GIVEN BY FIVE LEADING AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS. Tania Leon Stride (2019) Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (1929-1930) Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (1911-1913) Boston Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelson conductor    Carnegie Hall Monday 29 January 2024 Conductor Andris Nelsons is an unassuming presence on stage. There is a touch of the gentle giant about him as he walks thoughtfully onto stage, nodding and smiling with warm appreciation ..read more
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Review – Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall
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by Jon Jacob
1M ago
IN THE LAST WEEK OF JANUARY, JON JACOB EMBARKS ON A THOROUGHLY GOOD EXPEDITION TO NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, ATTENDING CONCERTS GIVEN BY FIVE LEADING AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS. Stravinsky Petrushka (1910-11 rev.1947)  Weill Symphony No. 2 (1933-34)  Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (1924)    The Philadelphia Orchestra  Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor  Marcus Roberts Trio including Marcus Roberts, Martin Jaffe, and Jason Marsalis  For those of us from the UK more accustomed to perfunctory applause, the enthusiastic response from the audience welcomed conductor Yannick Nézet ..read more
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Concert Review – Cleveland Orchestra play Prokofiev at Carnegie Hall
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by Jon Jacob
1M ago
In the last week of January, Jon Jacob embarks on a Thoroughly Good Expedition to New York and Los Angeles, attending concerts given by five leading American orchestras. Prokofiev Symphony No. 2 in D Minor Op. 40 (1924-1925)  Webern Symphony, Op. 21 (1927-1928)  Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100 (1944)  Cleveland Orchestra  Franz Welser-Möst conductor    Carnegie Hall Sunday 21 January 2024  Most concerts start with some kind of concert opener. An overture for example gives the band on stage the opportunity to get accustomed to the acoustic wi ..read more
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Concert Review – London Schools Symphony Orchestra with Karen Ní Bhroin and pianist Clare Hammond
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by Jon Jacob
1M ago
Committed playing from an energetic bunch of young musicians  Nearly 35 years to the day I heard John Lill play Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations at Barbican Concert Hall as a teenager up in the balcony, the London Schools Symphony Orchestra’s January 2024 concert on Wednesday 10th provided another performance of this much-loved classic work. This time, Clare Hammond was soloist, and I sat in the middle of the stalls with a good view of the keyboard and the strings.  100 or so musicians between the ages of 14 and 19 years old appeared on stage with conductor Karen Ní Bhroin in an amb ..read more
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Oliver Davis’ new album ‘Blue’ on Signum featuring Dutch piano duo Beth & Flo
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by Jon Jacob
4M ago
TV and film music composer Oliver Davis adds to his growing catalogue of albums with a new release on Signum. Water is the theme running through the 19-track ‘Blue’. Uplifting tracks dominate, illustrating the composer’s trademark mastery of melody and orchestration. Conductor, composer and arranger Paul Bateman returns to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Dutch piano duo Beth & Flo playing a central role throughout the album. This collaborative approach (he has previously written tracks for violinist Kerenza Peacock, recorder players Hanke Brothers, and soprano Grace Davidson ..read more
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Royal Philharmonic and Alexander Kantorow at the BBC Proms 2023
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by Jon Jacob
6M ago
From my position in the stalls (further around the horseshoe than I am normally) a different Proms experience is to be had. Sat in row 7 seat 52, I am aware of the young couple sat in front of me in the first flush of love. The man sat next to me has suggested that my bag is too big and should be stored underneath my seat and not in front of me. The earnest friends sat behind make anodyne comments peppered with superlatives about concerts they’ve attended so far in the season. And across the aisle to my right, an elderly couple choose the quietest moment in the Beethoven piano concerto to rifl ..read more
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