Tag Archives: Rachmaninov

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 … Continue reading

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Russian heart: terrific performances from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO

Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov: Bavarian RSO/Jansons ***** Barbican Hall, 11th April 2017 “I have the brain of a Latvian and the heart of a Russian.” Born in Riga, Mariss Jansons has spent much of his life in St Petersburg, initially as … Continue reading

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Spectacular Tchaikovsky: Alice Sara Ott fires up an old warhorse

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Philharmonia/Vladimir Ashkenazy **** Royal Festival Hall, 17th November 2016 Warhorse (noun): creaky old classic played by orchestras in their sleep at least once a season. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor falls into this category. Everyone … Continue reading

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Beloved Friend: Bychkov’s Tchaikovsky series closes with a provocative Pathétique

Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninov: BBCSO/Bychkov *** Barbican, 28th October 2016 In a world where our online arteries are clogged by instant messaging, it’s easy to make connections across the miles. Twitter, Whatsapp, Skype and countless other methods of communication enable friendships to grow … Continue reading

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Prom 50: Angels and Demons as Vedernikov leads a gripping Prokofiev Third

Prom 50: BBCSO/Vedernikov *** Royal Albert Hall, 23rd August 2016 A belated touch of demonic fire was a welcome ingredient to last night’s Prom. Prokofiev’s Third Symphony, based on themes from his opera The Fiery Angel, received a reading which, … Continue reading

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