The Petrenko-Lebrecht plan: If audiences won’t come to us, we know where they live

The Petrenko-Lebrecht plan: If audiences won’t come to us, we know where they live


norman lebrecht

June 07, 2020

I’ve had an enjoyable conversation with Vasily Petrenko, outgoing chief of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, discussing how we re-engage with audiences once the Covid restrictions are eased and big symphonies are out of the question for the forseeable future.

Vasily is one of the most clear-sighted conductors around. He is rethinking his repertoire from one day to the next.

Watch the chat here:


  • E says:

    Just an alert: this is not opening. I am looking forward to watching/hearing it. Thanks.

  • John Nightingale says:

    Here in Australia we are overwhelmed with digital performance. Refer to Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, supported by Musica Viva and many other organisations and philanthropists. $24 for a ticket to watch a live performance. All the ticket money goes to the artists.

  • Gustavo says:

    While professionals performing music (and those writing about music) are experiencing a very new situation, I am wondering whether this global sabbatical will also give composers the unique opportunity to concentrate even more on aspects of life and personal emotions that really matter.

    What kind of music will be written in today’s “Komponierhäuschen”?

    Can we expect anything significant to arise beyond Mahler and, let’s say, Pärt?

  • Morgan says:

    Wonderful conversation. Thank you for sharing.

  • Anon says:

    Just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  • Gustavo says:

    I just came across this upcoming publication.

    Franz Welser-Möst discovers the “sound of silence”: