There has been nothing but praise for the Russian National Orchestra – Mikhail Pletnev’s ensemble – which has been playing the piano concerto rounds in Moscow. Alexander Dmitriev has been conducting. Judge Peter Donohoe tweeted: ‘I can say that hearing this wonderful orchestra play Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky reminds me of why I wanted to be a musician in the 1st place.’
Less impressive were the academy orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, accompanying the violin concertos. ‘Orchestra was abysmal and conductor worse,’ messaged one judge after the first set. The jury, in uproar, berated the administration. Matters improved slightly last night. Maybe it’s time for Valery Gergiev to step up with the baton….
Rachmaninov D minor concerto today in Moscow. Not to be missed.