Two significant house debuts

The Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko made his Berlin Philharmonic debut this weekend, together with the violinist Michael Barenboim.  Kirill Peterenko – the orchestra’s incoming music director – was in Israel, with another Philharmonic.

And at La Scala tonight, the great Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire will make his debut.

Good things come to those who wait.


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  • Rodney Friend says:

    Barenboim Junior is doing his calling card – the Schoenberg Violin Concerto

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    It’s easier to get gigs if your last name is Barenboim.

    Does anyone know how this kid actually plays?

    • Eyal Braun says:

      I heard him several times. Interestingly, he is at his best in modern music- Berio, Schoenberg… much less so when he plays music by composers from the 19th century.
      By the way, Kirill Petrenko’s concerts here in Israel are outstanding success – among the finest the IPO gave in recent years.

      • Charles G. Clark Maxwell says:

        He was great at the Boulez Anthemes II for violin and electronics but much less so in a Mozart concerto I once heard.

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