Something for the weekend!
What they've said…
'If you stand in front of a Russian orchestra and smile at them, they think you're either an idiot or a drunk. Here, if you don't smile they think you're sick, or have family problems or something.'
Vasily Petrenko reflects on the differences between conducting British and Russian orchestras in this month's BBC Music Magazine
Questionable CD covers:
Found on the CD shelves this week: Staring match anyone?
On this day
Fresh from a visit to Edinburgh as part of his grand tour of England, Scotland and Wales, Mendlessohn arrived on the west coast of Scotland in the summer of 1829. Arriving in Mull after a journey by steamer from Oban, Mendelssohn wrote a letter, dated 7 August, that included a musical sketch for the opening of his famous Hebrides Overture.
Something for breakfast…
For a burst of youthful musical vitality, make sure to tune in to the annual Prom of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Great Britain. One of the highlights of each Proms season, this year the 160-strong ensemble appears with its new principal conductor, Vasily Petrenko, who has shot to fame since taking over at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Pianist Stephen Hough stars in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular First Piano Concerto.