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Hardenberger, Philharmonia Orchestra, Nelsons, Royal Festival Hall | reviews, news & interviews

Hardenberger, Philharmonia Orchestra, Nelsons, Royal Festival Hall

Hardenberger, Philharmonia Orchestra, Nelsons, Royal Festival Hall

Andris Nelsons and Hakan Hardenberger trumpet heroic deeds

The boisterous Andris Nelsons: What you see is what you hear

The heroics came fast and fervently with Andris Nelsons and the Philharmonia Orchestra emerging from suffocating pianissimi to rip out the exultant fanfares of Beethoven’s Leonora No 3 Overture as if already limbering up to take on Strauss’s critics in Ein Heldenleben. That he saw them off so decisively didn’t, on his present form, come as much of a surprise. Nelsons doesn’t need anyone to fight his battles for him – not even the egotistical Strauss.

Nelsons had Strauss stride forth with fabulous assurance, the Philharmonia string basses digging deep, the eight horns flaunting their sumptuous alliance with the cellos

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