Vasily Petrenko led the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in an all-Russian programme at Proms 60, featuring works by Stravinsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. Acclaimed pianist Leif Ove Andsnes was the soloist, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in a “thrilling” (The Guardian) evening in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Of the concert, Ateş Orga (Classical Source) said, “As satisfyingly complete concerts go, largely without fuss or fault, this was up there with the best.” Mr Orga was effusive with his praise for Maestro Petrenko, writing of The Firebird, “Petrenko coaxed no end of fantasies and colours”, and of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12, “Crafting a virtuoso Symphony for virtuoso orchestra, Petrenko showed us a masterpiece.”
Bachtrack’s Mark Pullinger said: “It was all conducted with supreme confidence and utter conviction by Petrenko, often with his baton held pointing away from the orchestra, marshalling his troops expertly… terrific.”
Similar praise was written in The Times: “With a balletically twirling left hand, Petrenko had shaped a beautifully intimate Firebird“, as well as The Telegraph: “On the podium was Vasily Petrenko, who as ever exuded a quality of fierce determination and steely metronomic precision.”
In The Independent, Richard Whitehouse praises Petrenko and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes, writing: “Leif Ove Andsnes gave a dextrous and insightful account of Rachmaninov’s Fourth Concerto, itself a work which took several decades to come in from the cold. His restrained, occasionally aloof pianism was well-suited to this most unpredictable of the cycle, at its best in the baleful ruminations of the slow movement then the capricious high-jinx of the finale… Petrenko was steadfast in support, having commenced the programme with a scintillating rendition of the suite which Stravinsky devised in 1919 from The Firebird.”