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The reviews listed below are a selection of recent opinions from music writers about LSC concert performances and recordings. Select a year to view archived reviews from previous years.

 
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    The London Symphony Chorus rising magnificently to the challenge of Maxwell Davies's very tricky score

    The Daily Telegraph - Peter Maxwell Davies Symphony No. 10 - Barbican 4th February 2014
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    It was the London Symphony Chorus that in many ways stole the show with focussed and unanimous singing that survived every microscopic detail that Gergiev (and Simon Halsey, chorus director) extracted from it . . .the preparation and delivery was top class.

    Clasical Source - Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" - Barbican 9th November 2013
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    A thrilling performance [...] The chorus, especially in the Wolf's Glen, enthralls, as does the orchestra, rising to every challenge, urgent or lyrical, heroic or poetic.

    CD cover Fiona Maddocks - The Observer Reviewing Weber: Der Freischütz (LSO, Sir Colin Davis) 12th May 2013
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    [Szymanowski Stabat Mater] The London Symphony Chorus, under director Simon Halsey, gave a versatile and nuanced performance . . . [Brahms Requiem] the London Symphony Chorus surpassed itself . . . it was the chorus which merited the final thunderous applause.

    MusicOHM - Brahms Requiem & Szymanowski Stabat Mater - Barbican 3rd April 2013
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    [Brahms Requiem] The London Symphony Chorus was wonderfully incisive and articulate in the large-scale movements, especially the second, "All Flesh is Grass", and warmly expressive in the more intimate ones such as the final "Blessed Are the Dead".

    Guardian - Brahms Requiem & Szymanowski Stabat Mater - Barbican 3rd April 2013

Last update: Tue 22 May 2012 at 01:02

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