Beethoven - Symphony No.9
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Ilan Volkov
Royal Festival Hall, London, 9 April 2010
Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes, Valladolid, Spain, 11 April 2010
Best of all was the Philharmonia Chorus, which sounded refreshed and invigorated by its gutsy, period-instrument Beethoven experience.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times
The Philharmonia Chorus......sounded here like a choir reborn.
Richard Morrison, The Times
The Philharmonia Chorus were on cracking form.
Martin Kettle, The Guardian
The movement was impelled with stirring clarity......the chorus masterful.
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
The Philharmonia Chorus brought vibrancy, bite and panache.
Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday
The most outstanding contribution of the evening came from the Philharmonia Chorus who sang with pin-point accuracy and gusto throughout, and they were rightly rewarded with the biggest ovation of the evening.
Keith McDonnell, www.musicomh.com
Volkov maintained the required tension until the advent of the last movement, and the contribution of the Philharmonia Chorus was outstanding. Their voices, of exact placement, style and tuning, marked the majestic presto with precision with a quartet of soloists blending exquisitely, in spite of the well-known difficulties of the soprano parts.
Emiliano Allende, El Norte de Castilla