&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo

Brahms: Symphony No. 3

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Naxos 8.557430
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Marin Alsop’s reading is certainly fine: dark of hue, lyrical and long drawn, though never, even for a moment, comatose. Rhythm is good, articulation keen, phrasing exquisite, the reading’s crepuscular colours glowingly realised by the LPO. The reading has a quality of melancholy, a wistfulness crossed with a sense of incipient tragedy, which is almost Elgarian (Elgar’s fascination with the piece is well attested).


March 2007

Alsop’s Brahms cycle with the London Philharmonic has given her a chance to document her ideas about the standard symphonic repertoire that still counts heavily in the evaluation of any conductor… The Philharmonic’s polished efforts carry over into the Haydn Variations, sensitively molded by Alsop. The result is glowing music-making, rich in character and atmosphere.


January 2007