The Russians are coming

Andrey Baranov
Andrey Baranov
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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.

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

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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