Prom 70: Vivid storytelling in softened Russian accents from the St Petersburg Philharmonic

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov/ St Petersburg Philharmonic/ Temirkanov ****

Royal Albert Hall, 7th September 2015

I’m not sure where Sinbad was sailing to in the St Petersburg Philharmonic’s Prom last night, but he sure wanted to get there in a hurry. A frenetic – and thrilling – performance of Scheherazade displayed just the impetuosity which was occasionally absent from the concert opener, Francesca da Rimini. In between, Nikolai Lugansky provided poetic Rachmaninov. Vivid storytelling in all three works in Yuri Temirkanov’s hands, but how far is the St Petersburg sound still Russian in accent?

Yuri Temirkanov © BBC | Chris Christodoulou

Yuri Temirkanov
© BBC | Chris Christodoulou

Read the full review on Bachtrack.

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