Amid the and installations marking the centenary the armistice signed on 11 November 1918, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s contribution to the ritual remembrance appeared self-consciously left-field. Only the ocean poppies worn by performers fered a connection to extra acquainted symbolism.
The programme opened with Debussy’s Berceuse Héroïque, written in late 1914 and . Under its principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, the LPO made a lot the piece’s play heat and coolness, with lucid solo strains rising from its sparse, icy floor. Thereafter, even the elegiac tone standard in such occasions dissipated.
fee Triumf Att Finnas Till (Triumph to Exist) for refrain and orchestra units warfare poetry, however not as we all know it. His texts have been written by the Finnish poet Edith Södergran in 1916, every depicting an environment nearly exhilarating chaos and existential problem (“Triumph to dwell, triumph to breathe, triumph to exist!” exhorts the title poem). There are placing moments: deep artillery thuds bass drum and double bass; violins suspended on a single chord as if time has stopped. But elsewhere, a Hollywood soundtrack appeared to be attempting to flee – Lindberg’s lodging the refrain (the London Philharmonic Choir on energetic kind) main him disconcertingly near the tonal heroics .
A far cry, then, from the tough, nervy coldness Stravinsky’s Requiem Canticles (written in 1966, midway between 1914 and 2018), which right here have been tightly – nearly obsessively – marshalled by Jurowski, with efficient contributions from bass Maxim Mikhailov and ’s midnight-black velvet mezzo.
Finally, there was Janáček’s cantata The Eternal Gospel, accomplished shortly earlier than the outbreak warfare in 1914 – wherein a maxi-LPO wove unbroken skeins sound and Jurowski drove to huge, tub-thumping climaxes, with generously lyrical contributions from soprano and hard-edged tenor machismo from Grivnov.
These have been all wonderful performances. But the disparate, ultra-short programme, which sidestepped many cliches remembrance, additionally misplaced a lot its all-important emotional energy.