Russian Roulette: Pappano’s spin through the Mighty Handful

Orchestra of the ROH/Pappano ***

Royal Opera House, 8th February 2016

Exploring the music of Russia’s “Mighty Handful” would seem a useful limber up for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Sir Antonio Pappano ahead of the upcoming production of Boris Godunov in April. On day release from the Covent Garden pit for their annual evening in the limelight, the orchestra took a quick spin through works by the composers that Mily Balakirev gathered around himself to form a Russian school of music. Pappano didn’t always plump for obvious repertoire, but his band needs a little more dirt under their fingernails to pass off convincingly as Russians.

Sir Antonio Pappano and the ROH Orchestra © ROH | Clive Barda

Sir Antonio Pappano and the ROH Orchestra
© ROH | Clive Barda

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