17 Jan 2006
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/von Otter, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Reasons to be miserable, part three
By Anna Picard [The Independent, 15 January 2006]
The first concert of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe's Silver Jubilee Season brought the changing colours of the countryside to the concrete bunker of London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Two composers with unalloyed admiration for nature framed a third whose relationship with the great outdoors was perhaps more that of analysand to analyst. Each was played with a lyricism and dynamism that raises the bar for every other orchestra using this venue.