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Defying dictators: Soviet blockbusters given the St Petersburg Philharmonic treatment

Martha Argerich; St Petersburg Philharmonic/ Yuri Temirkanov ***** Royal Festival Hall, 29th January 2017 “Our business is rejoicing. Our business is rejoicing.” Dmitri Shostakovich learnt when to toe the political line. After his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was denounced … 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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Yuri Temirkanov charms London in St Petersburg invasion

St Petersburg Philharmonic/Temirkanov **** Royal Festival Hall, 8th November 2014 “Never look encouragingly at the brass,” was one of Richard Strauss’ conducting commandments. Yuri Temirkanov took this maxim to heart, barely looking at any members of his St Petersburg Philharmonic … Continue reading

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