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LPO, Jurowski, RFH | reviews, news & interviews

LPO, Jurowski, RFH

LPO, Jurowski, RFH

A triple whammy of death in this great conductor's latest daring programme

The angel of death, portrayed above by Evelyn de Morgan, strikes twice in Josef Suk's elegiac symphony
Asrael, angel of death, rarely glides up to the concert platform; I've only heard Josef Suk's painful and protracted symphony of the same name once before in the Festival Hall, championed by Rattle. In the past, all Suk's great Czech compatriots, including Ančerl, Kubelik and Neumann, paid their respects. Now Vladimir Jurowski joins the distinguished line for a work he clearly loves. It was no fault of his rainbow-hued interpretation if, in a week where I've sat dry-eyed through the film of A Single Man, another artistic take on bereavement left me intrigued but detached at the end of a spiritually overtaxed evening.

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