20 Feb Ovation Series, Orchestra London Tchaïkovsky’s Little Russian Written by Renée Silberman, The Beat, arts in London, February 20, 2010 ****/4
… The moment of highest drama came from an outstanding, fired-up reading of the Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Guest conductor Alain Trudel, himself a ball of fire, moved the orchestra smartly through the drama and emotion of a piece from the heart of Russian Romanticism. Tchaikovsky possessed the gifts for melodic expression and ingenious orchestration; above all, he knew how to reach the heart in a way that never fails to move the audience. Alain Trudel and Orchestra London, in an explosive burst of Olympic-sized energy, honored the intent of the composer and brought the house to its feet in the climactic end to a great evening of music.