The Rest is Noise – London Philharmonic/Marin Alsop
In the first of two LPO concerts in The Rest is Noise series, Marin Alsop chose music by visitors to America – either by choice or, in the case of enslaved Africans, by force, with a marked split between a sense of loss and longing and a sense of adventure.
Marin Alsop was in her element – charismatic, visionary and pragmatic – In a performance that yielded the work’s layers of distance with great clarity. She showed an instinctive grasp of music poised between expressions of nostalgia and the majesty of the American Sublime. In a work that can get stuck in its own prodigal tunefulness, Alsop caught the mercurial contrasts of mood, transmitted by some super-fluid playing from the LPO.