Puppet master: Dutoit conjures superb playing from the RPO in Petrushka

Respighi/Dvořák/Stravinsky: RPO/Dutoit ****

Royal Festival Hall, 29th March 2016

Charles Dutoit © Robert Taylor

Charles Dutoit
© Robert Taylor

Something quite remarkable happens to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra when Charles Dutoit stands before it. A band which can sound – and look – disengaged is suddenly transformed when its Principal Conductor galvanises it. Still remarkably spry – the RPO celebrates its 70th birthday this year, but Dutoit is nearly a decade older – the Swiss conductor maintained superb control in a globetrotting programme that whisked us from Rome’s fountains to St Petersburg’s Shrovetide Fair via Bohemia’s woods and fields, deftly adjusting the orchestral palette to suit each work.

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