St Petersburg Philharmonic/Temirkanov ****
Royal Festival Hall, 8th November 2014
“Never look encouragingly at the brass,” was one of Richard Strauss’ conducting commandments. Yuri Temirkanov took this maxim to heart, barely looking at any members of his St Petersburg Philharmonic during an absorbing account of Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 10 in E minor. Head buried in his score, he cued in various sections and solos with barely a glance, if at all, in the right direction. Such is the rapport between conductor and orchestra – he has been its Principal Conductor since 1988 – that it mattered not a jot.
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