London Philharmonic

TONY COOPER Snape Maltings

TONY COOPER

Snape Maltings

Under their new principal guest conductor designate, Vladimir Jurowski, the LPO delivered an excellent concert, opening with an enchanting and well-paced performance of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.

It's a lush and welcoming work and the sounds of such a large orchestra as the LPO (celebrating its 75th anniversary) radiating round the Maltings was just exhilarating. Rich opening chords greeted the piece that gave way to a splendid performance particularly in the even-flowing valse movement where the violins lingered and squeezed every note.

Britten's Frank Bridge Variations showed that he was also a master in writing for strings in a very early work. It was an appropriate piece to end with, particularly as this year celebrates Aldeburgh Festival's 60th and Snape Maltings' 40th.

This fine set of variations received a tremendous performance and was written as a tribute to his beloved teacher whom he met at a Norwich Festival concert in the 1930s while he was conducting his own commission entitled The Sea. It set the young 23-year-old Britten on his way.

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The UK premiere of Lullaby for Hans by Mark-Antony Turnage provided some fine solo playing emanating from the leader. Jurowski brought all four leaders to their feet in a tumultuous and well-deserved curtain call.

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