Two significant house debuts

Two significant house debuts


norman lebrecht

February 19, 2018

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.



  • 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.