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  • The Guardian

    The teeming, ultra-glamorous surface of Szymanowski’s opulent Third Symphony, The Song of the Night, maintained a sheeny iridescence that never felt overbright, even at the score’s hedonistic climaxes, while a structure that can seem aimless took flight and held to its airborne course. Toby Spence floated his clean-edged tenor over the gorgeous textures conjured by the orchestra and the London Symphony Chorus.
  • Evening Standard

    In the Variations on a Theme of Haydn he [Gergiev] struck gold in a superbly handled sequence of variations. The feather-light Mendelssohnian scherzo of the fifth was followed by a jaunty windband in the sixth, a gracefully lilting seventh and a spookily muted eighth before the St Anthony chorale emerged with dignity.

Cast & creative team


  • Conductor
    Valery Gergiev
  • Tenor
    Toby Spence
  • Orchestra
    London Symphony Orchestra
  • Chorus
    London Symphony Chorus


  • Johannes Brahms
  • Karol Szymanowski
  • Valery Gergiev
  • Simon Halsey
    Chorus Director