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Royal Concertgebouw, Jansons, Barbican | reviews, news & interviews

Royal Concertgebouw, Jansons, Barbican

Royal Concertgebouw, Jansons, Barbican

Life-enhancing Mahler and Brahms from the world's greatest orchestra

Mariss Jansons in full seraphic swing
There’s simply no orchestral sound quite like it. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra had barely done a bar of Bedřich Smetana’s overture to The Bartered Bride before I found myself grinning like a fool. It was as if I had stepped off a plane and walked into a bath of fresh foreign sun. The biting cold of winter had temporarily lifted for those who had made it to the Barbican this weekend. Spring had come early.

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