RPO, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Zukerman, Royal Festival Hall

THE ARTS DESK

This concert was part of a tour of Canada’s National Arts Centre orchestra to five cities in the UK themed around the anniversary of the start of World War One. The Ottawa-based orchestra joined forces with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir for this London centrepiece to the tour, under the baton of violinist-turned-conductor Pinchas Zukerman. Splicing two orchestras together with necessarily minimal rehearsal time may not make perfect musical sense but, as artistic director of the NCA orchestra and principal guest conductor of the RPO, Zukerman is uniquely placed to make it work.

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Prom 60: RPO/Dutoit at the Albert Hall, SW7

THE TIMES

How about this for an evening meal: chocolate fudge pie, cherry cheesecake, topped off with black forest gateau? A combined performance of Respighi’s Roman tone poems isn’t quite that indigestible, for the orchestra does tiptoe from time to time, but the calories and noise involved need a health warning and a conductor not afraid of the immoderate.

Enter, then, Charles Dutoit...

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Prom 60: RPO/Dutoit review – aplomb and bags of panache

THE GUARDIAN

It was hard to imagine Respighi's Roman trilogy done better...

Charles Dutoit, principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has long been an advocate of Respighi's so-called Roman trilogy, his sequence of symphonic poems composed between 1915 and 1928, which obliquely survey the city's history and culture through depictions of its fountains, pines and festivals.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/02/prom-60-rpo-dutoit-review

 

Prom 60: Driver, RPO, Dutoit

THE ARTS DESK

Rainbow colours with a cooling shower or two in Proms showpiece time.

After the enervating excesses of Salome and Elektra at the weekend, the abundance of notes at the Proms continued in a piano recital and an orchestral showstopper, but this time with built-in air conditioning. After all, both 22-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor and septuagenarian Charles Dutoit are absolutely in control of the colours they make, very occasionally too much so. But it was a rainbow-hued day inside the Cadogan and Royal Albert Halls, culminating in a spectacular and perhaps unrepeatable Respighi triple bill of Roman impressions.

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