Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s concerts with Sir Mark Elder 8-10 November:Bachtrack
"In Elder's hands and with the Sinfonia's relentlessly incisive tone, Brahms' much celebrated First Symphony sounded astonishingly fresh."Classical Source
"Elder led a refreshing reading, at once urgent and classical, also flexible"The Financial Times
"This programme opened with 'What the wild flowers tell me' from Mahler's Third Symphony in an arrangement by Britten, which sharpens its edges and polishes its glinting detail."The Guardian
"The playing, with every solo line beautifully teased out and an instinctive sense of ensemble give and take, was exemplary throughout the evening."Opera Today
"There was an exciting and uplifting sense of joy in the final movement without the sound ever becoming self-indulgently or weightily pompous; and, one could sense the players’ intellectual and emotional engagement with the arguments that they were being asked to consider, explore and articulate."Seen and Heard
"The resplendent conclusion by Mark Elder and the Britten Sinfonia whetted the appetite for their future exploration of Brahms’s other symphonies yet to come."The Times
"Played by an ensemble of this size and discipline, the effect was exhilarating."