REVIEW: Moscow Radio Orchestra at Colston Hall by John Packwood
THIS was the first of the 2013/14 Bristol international classical season which has a very special symphony project. The main works from four leading composers of symphonies, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Beethoven and Shostakovich, are to be performed by leading European orchestras. The series started superbly on Thursday with two symphonies by Tchaikovsky.
One expects Russian orchestras to perform music by composers from their native country with great competence and this whole concert was no exception.
It started with No 1, commonly known as Winter Daydreams, Tchaikovsky's earliest notable work. The strings sounded a little thin to start with but they soon brought out the lushness and continued in this way throughout the Andante entitled land of Destruction, Land of Mists. Once again there was some beautiful playing from the string section.
Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto was confidently played with some incredible moments by Andrei Korobeinikov.
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The orchestra really came to the fore after the interval, with a stunning rendition of Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony. Particularly impressive were the brass. The Andantino has the lovely oboe solo serenely played by Oleg Panin before the playful pizzicato Scherzo leads into the vigorous finale.
Vladimir Fedoseyev was the excellent conductor and such was the reception that we had two ballet excerpts as encores.