Watch: Kirill Petrenko conducts Elgar

Watch: Kirill Petrenko conducts Elgar


norman lebrecht

July 19, 2015

The Berlin Phil has posted free video of its incoming chief conductor in Elgar’s much-misunderstood second symphony.

Essential viewing here.

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Wonder why he’s not at the BBC Proms? Read here.


  • Gary Carpenter says:


    • ppellay says:

      Yes, I don’t quite understand that one either. Having heard the perf. in question though, I can say that it’s one of the most gripping accounts of this marvellous score that I’ve heard in many a moon! The Berliners are on to a good thing, I’d say.

    • Tom Varley says:

      In the US I’d say not misunderstood, just ignored – to our loss. I’ve heard it with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Barenboim (1972) and Zinman (c. 1994) and I’m not sure they’ve performed it any other times in the last half century.

      I’ve very much enjoyed what I’ve been able to hear of the Petrenko performance, despite being frustrated by my ISP’s buffering issues. (Curse you, Comcast!)