LSO/Tilson Thomas, Barbican ★★★★☆
On Thursday night, the London Symphony Orchestra welcomed back its American Principal Conductor from a quarter of a century ago, Michael Tilson Thomas. He still has that matinée-idol elegance, deft precision of gesture and easy way with words that made him popular with listeners and TV viewers, if not always with critics, some of whom thought these things must surely point to an irredeemable shallowness.
This concert proved him to be anything but. He began with something bold, a ballet score entitled The Seasons by the most daringly avant-garde composer who ever lived, John Cage. When Tilson Thomas described it from the podium as “charming” you could feel the...
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