|Alban Gerhardt (© Kaupo Kikkas)|
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Edward Gardner (conductor)
7.30pm, Wednesday 27 April 2022
Royal Festival Hall, London
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
Brett Dean (b.1961): Cello Concerto (UK premiere)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony No. 5 in D major
'Gardner’s conducting was suitably controlled and precise, yet he also brought out the dark emotions beneath the surface'.
'Gardner’s beat was incredibly precise throughout ... and the LPO players have also embraced the work, so that it never felt like an arduous exercise in counting and rhythm'.
'A highly engaging concerto, performed with incredible precision and commitment by soloist and orchestra alike'.
'Gardner and the LPO gave us reassuring warmth ... and assured solos from across the orchestra'.
'Gardner expertly built towards the radiant climax ... with a masterfully controlled slowing down to the peaceful close'.
Read my full review on Bachtrack here.