The Russians are coming

It has often been said that it takes a Russian conductor to do justice to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6, the Pathétique – so step up Vasily Petrenko, who will be leading the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra this Sunday afternoon at Preston Guild Hall.

Saturday, 21st March 2015, 8:00 am
Andrey Baranov
Andrey Baranov

All the composer’s terrors and his passionate love of life went into what would be his final heart-breaking final symphony.

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This is a long way from the Nordic cool of Sibelius’s beautiful Violin Concerto, elsewhere in the programne, although the multi-award-winning Russian Andrey Baranov should strike fire from the ice in this his first concert appearance with the orchestra.

Grieg’s famous Peer Gynt Suite No 1 gets the afternoon off to a delightful start – one of those classics you have known all your life, whether you realise it or not.

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