Andrey Boreyko and the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir received glowing reviews for their performance at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 18 March 2023. The programme featured the UK premiere of Ukrainian composer Victoria Vita Polevá’s Nova, the world premiere of Russian-born British composer Elena Langer’s The Dong with a Luminous Nose (with cellist Kristina Blaumane and the London Philharmonic Choir), and Shostakovich’s Symphony 5.
“Andrey Boreyko and the LPO light up the Royal Festival Hall. Andrey Boreyko was the commanding presence on the podium for a trio of works that thrilled and enthralled in equal measure … he gave a masterclass in how a conductor serves the interests of composers and their works, and how to leave the audience shouting for more…Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was gifted to a hugely appreciative audience by Boreyko and the LPO. The crucial thing to note is that the performance reflected all that had been previously given: rapturous playing by the whole orchestra; elegant and insightful conducting (with and without the baton)”
“The concert had opened with another recent piece, Nova by Victoria Vita Polevá, a “dedication to the courage of Ukraine” … From there to Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5, also seen these days in the context of a composer railing against political oppression, was a small step, and conductor Andrey Boreyko’s performance was impressively concentrated.”
“I got much more enjoyment out of another big choral work, also based on famous poetry, premiered on Saturday by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under Andrey Boreyko (Royal Festival Hall, ★★★★☆). Elena Langer has turned Edward Lear’s The Dong with a Luminous Nose into an enchanting and uniquely organised 22-minute piece.”
Now in his fourth season as Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir’s Artistic & Music Director, Andrey Boreyko juggles a busy diary of guest engagements including his Resident Conductor position of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano. Following recent successes with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Montreal Symphony, Prague Symphony, Valencia Orchestra, Boreyko’s upcoming highlights include multiple returns to ORF Vienna and Prague Symphony and further performances with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Madrid RTVE, Antwerp Symphony, and at the Aarhus Rachmaninov Festival, Chopin & His Europe Festival, Penderecki Festival, Ravello Festival, Eufonie Festival.
Photo credit: Michał Zagórny