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Khachatryan, London Symphony Orchestra, Gergiev, Barbican Hall | reviews, news & interviews

Khachatryan, London Symphony Orchestra, Gergiev, Barbican Hall

Khachatryan, London Symphony Orchestra, Gergiev, Barbican Hall

Gergiev's Tchaikovsky pilgrimage begins

Valery Gergiev conducting Tchaikovsky: He knows how this music goes - it's as simple and complicated as that

Valery Gergiev’s survey of the Tchaikovsky symphonies began here on a chilly January night with youthfully idealistic Winter Daydreams thrown into the sharpest relief against a disillusioned and angry Shostakovich whose own journey into the bleak mid-winter was, by the time he penned his Second Violin Concerto, very much a one-way ticket. Two revealing performances, one remarkable young violinist.

The still centre of the piece was quite extraordinary, ears drawn to the sound as moths to a single candle

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