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Seen and Heard Concert Review
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Brahms: Denis Matsuev (piano), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (conductor); Barbican Hall, 23.11.2005 (GD)
St. Petersburg Philharmonic (as it is now
called) has a long history connected to the
unique history of that city. Peter the Great's
great work of art was the resplendent northern
City itself which was to be distinctly Russian
but also crossing over with the great cultural
traditions of Western Europe especially those
of France, Italy and Austro-Germany.
It is almost certain that had he not
achieved quite the successes of 'Figaro' and
'Don Giovanni' in Prague in the 1780's Mozart
himself would have commissioned a new opera
for St. Petersburg.
Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite One, Scottish National Orchestra Neeme Jaarvi (conductor): Chandos: CHAN 8511.
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op 43, Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor): Decca 440 653-2.
Brahms: Symphony No.2 op 73, NBC SO, Arturo Toscanini (conductor): (1952) BMG: GD 60258.
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 op 73, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky (conductor): (1978) Russian Melodyia: 74321-25190-2.