Dynamic young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko, currently Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and who has been central in leading that orchestra to its current position of extraordinary public and critical acclaim, will assume the title of Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in August 2013. This month he gives the Oslo audiences a taster of the treats that lie in store for them next season, conducting the orchestra in three weeks of subscription concerts. On 31st January and 1st February he conducts Bruckner's Fourth Symphony alongside performances of both Shostakovich Cello Concertos with the star Norwegian soloist Truls Mork; 13th and 14th February sees the Szymanowski Violin Concertos in the hands of the young Latvian Baiba Skride paired with Beethoven's rumbustious Seventh Symphony; and on 21st and 22nd February Petrenko leads a sequence of glittering orchestral masterpieces, Ravel's Ma Mere l'Oye, and symphonies from his fellow countrymen Stravinsky and Prokofiev.
"[Petrenko] inspired the orchestra to go well beyond its normal megawatt virtuosity, and this made for a blistering account of the Shostakovich. [...] He built the brooding melancholy of the first movement slowly and purposefully, scaling each climax so it registered even more intensely than the one before. [...] Seldom has the trajectory to the hollow triumph of the final pages been more exactingly plotted, or more excitingly conveyed. The orchestra gave Petrenko everything he asked for, and more." - John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
Photo credit: Mark McNulty
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