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Zukerman drives an unsteady Russian troika with the RPO

Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: RPO/Zukerman *** Royal Festival Hall, 1st March 2016 A troika of Russian warhorses trotted out from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra stable, with Pinchas Zukerman guiding the reins. The trouble is, once into the paddock they veered off in … Continue reading

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Repressed passions, Russian melancholy: Elīna Garanča makes a splendid Wigmore Hall debut

Brahms, Duparc, Rachmaninov: Elīna Garanča **** Wigmore Hall, 11th December 2015 Poise, control, stillness. Within two minutes of her Wigmore Hall debut, the qualities that make Elīna Garanča a consummate Lieder recitalist were evident. The Latvian mezzo is no scenery-chewing … Continue reading

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Inspired juxtapositions: Rachmaninov’s Vespers imaginatively clothed at Milton Court

Rachmaninov: Ex Cathedra/Skidmore; Osborne **** Milton Court, 27th September 2015 “I write the music which I hear playing inside me,” wrote Rachmaninov. “I am a Russian composer, therefore my temperament, outlook and music are quintessentially Russian.” There are few more … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Brooding Rachmaninov 3 from Gergiev and the LSO

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3; Balakirev: Russia Of Rachmaninov’s three symphonies, the Third enjoys the least popularity. There’s a certain notoriety to the First because of its disastrous première (thanks to a drunken Glazunov conducting), while the Second is adored for its … Continue reading

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