wed 27/01/2021

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.
 

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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