Review: The Times London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski at the Festival Hall


By Rebecca Franks

With its journey from seductive pastoral reverie to brutal urban nightmare, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s season opener was sensual, visceral and grippingly performed. It was an evening of unexpected discovery too. Vladimir Jurowski has the knack of sidestepping predictability to bring together works that illuminate and invigorate one another, and this concert was no exception.

We headed back to early 20th (and very late 19th) century Europe and found Debussy, Szymanowski and Bartók, not an immediately obvious trio. Yet Jurowski made us hear the echoes and influences: the hint of Bartókian “Night Music” in Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto, or the…

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