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A writer for Liverpool-based football magazine The Anfield Wrap has passionately reviewed a concert of Elgar, Mahler and Strauss by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
The review, written by football writer Neil Atkinson, set aside his usual subject and turned his attention to the RLPO concert, conducted by Vasily Petrenko, and in particular their performance of Elgar's Symphony No. 2.
Atkinson undergoes something of a Damascene conversion while at the concert, describing it the music itself as "music of soul searing passion, not smooth, not relaxing, not the soundtrack to a drive home or a commercial or a Hollywood film, not supplementary to the product but there, THERE! – demanding your attention, your contemplation, your catharsis."
He also had positive things to say about Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 2, describing soloist Timothy Jackson as, plainly, "brilliant at playing the horn."
You can read the full review here.
The Anfield Wrap is an award-winning online football magazine that focuses on Liverpool football club.