Review: Great blast of Britten by Tovey and L.A. Phil at Disney Hall

Bramwell Tovey
Los Angeles Times

By Mark Swed

Tovey let the Fifth speak spectacularly for itself, loud (very loud) and clear until slowing down at the end so that grandeur would retain seemly solemnity yet not so slow as to overdo the bombast. But he might just as well have let go, because Tovey got such a big, fulfilling sound from the orchestra in this symphony that there was no countering a sense of enormous excitement.

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