Jakub Hrůša received high praise following his concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall earlier this month on the 3 April. The programme featured Voříšek’s Symphony in D and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9.
Colin Clarke from Seen and Heard International writes, “Simply magnificent Voříšek symphony and Beethoven Ninth from Hrůša and the Philharmonia…Even by the Philharmonia Orchestra’s exalted standards, this was an exceptional concert…So many moments of great character here – it truly did sound as if the players were having a ball at the sheer joy of performance…a superb account characterised by Hrůša’s incredibly intelligent conducting. He sees the long view, so structurally each movement has a grand arc of its own and each, in turn, leads inexorably to that finale…the strength of Hrůša’s interpretation and the Philharmonia’s magnificent realisation of the score…This was certainly one of the finest Beethoven Ninth’s this reviewer has heard, prepared for via a perfectly judged, and impeccably executed, first half…Simply magnificent.”
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