A not so brief encounter with the Moscow Philharmonic

Yuri Simonov/Moscow Philharmonic ****

The Anvil, Basingstoke, 23rd May 2017

What a difference a week makes. After last Thursday’s Pictures at an Exhibition where the Orchestre de Paris coated a pristine layer of French polish over Mussorgsky’s score, the Moscow Philharmonic delivered a far earthier gallery at The Anvil. With its wheedling trumpet in Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle, smouldering saxophone in The Old Castle, paintstripper brass glowering in Catacombs, here was an orchestra that had retained much of its distinctive Soviet sound. It was like stepping back inside an old Melodiya recording.

Yuri Simonov
© Ivan Smirnov

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