Walton - Belshazzar's Feast
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily PetrenkoRoyal Albert Hall, London
The Philharmonia Chorus sounded as if they were relishing every note.
Jessica Duchen, The Arts Desk, 22 September 2021
The Philharmonia Chorus, at full strength, seemed thoroughly delighted, whether they were impersonating wailing Hebrews or decadent Babylonians.
Neil Fisher, The Times, 22 September 2021
This concert was so gloriously enjoyable, it is hard to know where to begin. Gavin Carr is an admirable chorusmaster and Osbert Sitwell's words (selected from the Books of Daniel, Psalms and Revelation) were beautifully articulated.
Jack Buckley, Seen and Heard International, 23 September 2021
The Philharmonia Chorus mustered 112. Apparently, Petrenko felt they needed some help at the Royal Albert Hall, so microphones were dotted across the platform. The effect was startling, with the voices disconcertingly pushed right to the front of the sound. While this undoubtedly enhanced the choir, it also made them very exposed. There was nowhere to hide, so it's to their credit that they sang so well, telling of the downfall of Babylon with exciting verve and crystal-clear diction.
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 25 September 2021