Standing in at the last-minute for an indisposed Sir Colin Davis, Vasily Petrenko makes a long-awaited return to the London Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 18th October, at the Barbican Centre. The concert, comprising Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto with Simon Trpceski and Elgar's 1st Symphony, was planned to form part of Sir Colin Davis' 85th birthday celebrations.
Vasily Petrenko's debut with the LSO in 2008, featuring Shostakovich's 15th Symphony, was greeted by the Daily Telegraph as "a complete triumph [...] with the symphony's course plotted carefully and rationally, but with an intensity that told of his heartfelt involvement in the music's enigmatic blend of wry humour and apprehension, fragility and resilience." Since then Petrenko has developed a forged a particularly close and rewarding partnership with Simon Trpceski, setting down a critically-acclaimed Rachmaninov piano concerto cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has also shown himself a notable interpreter of Elgar, and not only in Liverpool - in 2011 he conducted the First Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in "a reading of majestic breadth and emotional force" (San Francisco Chronicle), "a dynamic and idiomatically flawless performance, leaning heavily on the hidden snaps and snarls lurking in the brass and never fearing to punch the listener breathless with a drumbeat in the solar plexus. In the course of doing this, there was nonetheless great subtlety—you never felt that Petrenko was "going Russian" on you—just bold as Elgar wanted one to be". (Berkshire Review).
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