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Music to my Ears: Conductor Vasily Petrenko

Speaking from his father’s home in St. Petersburg, Vasily Petrenko talks to BBC Music Magazine about returning to the conductor's podium after months in lockdown, saying goodbye to the RLPO and his new appointment with the Royal Philharmonic in 2021

Published: January 20, 2021 at 8:55 am
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This week, reviews editor Michael Beek sits down with the Russian-British conductor Vasily Petrenko. Vasily recently said farewell as chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and is about to embark on final season as chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Speaking from his father’s home in St. Petersburg, Vasily talks about returning to the condtuctor’s podium after months in lockdown, saying goodbye to the RLPO and his new appointment with the Royal Philharmonic in 2021.

Recordings featured:

Bernstein: West Side Story – Mambo (New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein)

JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I – Prelude No. 1 in C major (Sviatoslav Richter, piano)

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Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133 (arr. string orchestra) (Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Peter Oundjian)

You can buy Vasily Petrenko's latest album with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra of Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 and Myaskovsky's Symphony No. 21 from the following outlets:

Stream the album here:

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