The conductorless orchestra is making a comebackmain
The first musical consequence of the Russian Revolution was the formation of Persimfans, an orchestra of equals that functioned without a conductor. It played for a decade, from 1922 until Stalin’s first purge.
Now Persimfans has risen again.
The pianist Peter Aydou has formed the orchestra with 112 Moscow friends and put on a first concert this week in the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.
Here’s how the Parsifal overture sounds without a maestro.
And here’s Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet overture.
Slipped Disc readers are the first to see these unofficial videos. Any thoughts?