Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov
and Britten from Natalie Clein,
the Moscow Philharmonic and Yuri Simonov,
heard by MIKE WHEELER
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Yuri Simonov (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 15 May 2014) took a surprisingly low-key approach to the opening of Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, emotionally rather subdued and a touch on the slow side. But this was consistent with their handling of the stormy passages that depict the two lovers eternally caught up in a hellish whirlwind, which achieved their effect more through tonal weight than seat-of-the-pants wildness. The love theme expressed more than just pained regret; it was also forlorn and weary...
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