Vasily Celebrates 10 Years, Thursday 7 July
There was a melodic viola solo, and a glorious carousel finale with plenty of energy and drive - both of which attributes characterised the whole evening’s programme.
Bruch's Violin Concerto, Sunday 10 April
‘Elsewhere, it was business as usual for the rampant RLPO and Vasily Petrenko, with vibrant, uncomplicated performances of Sibelius’s Second Symphony and Hugo Alfvén’s Swedish Rhapsody No.1. Everyone of a certain age can hum the latter’s opening clarinet tune, but virtually nobody can remember what follows: a glorious, almost Straussian sound-portrait of a Swedish midsummer festival. All credit to Petrenko for reminding us.’
Einaudi World Premiere, Thursday 10 March
Here was the RLPO in real party mood, making a huge sound, really letting their collective hair down and having a great time.
Lindberg conducts Nielsen, Thursday 3 March
The heroic horn soloist, Timothy Jackson, proved to be a genuine contender in the Brando mould, while the agitated snare drum created a thrilling air of anxiety.
La Mer, Thursday 18 February
Since 2005 performances of La Mer for me have been shadowed by the arduous interpretation of the work issued on disc in that year by Simon Rattle. Debussy’s sea appeared glowering, strenuous and thoroughly grey: not very pleasing, or very French. But this account, with Vasily Petrenko and a Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra excelling even their usual top form, finally put that memory to bed.. No porridge textures or hefty swells; everything here glinted with crisply delineated piquant hues…I certainly can’t remember a live performance that was so well calibrated, sustained this degree of effortless momentum or achieved such a knockout climax.
Dvořák's Eighth, Thursday 28 January
The remainder of this programme was led by Vasily Petrenko in exuberant, dancing mode…Petrenko pounded out the propulsive peasant rhythms with the gusto of a village bandmaster.