Leningrad and Liverpool united

We continue in last week’s vein of asking artists with a new Naxos release what questions they would like to have put to the composer featured on their disc, if that were possible. Vasily Petrenko has been turning critics’ heads … Read More →

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Podcast: Shostakovich Symphony No 7 ‘Leningrad’

Vasily Petrenko’s Award-winning survey of the Shostakovich symphonies with the RLPO, now reaches the eighth instalment with the release of the epic ‘Leningrad’ Symphony. Here he talks to Edward Seckerson about the work. Album details… Catalogue No.: 8.573057   Podcast: Download … Read More →


Like father, like son

Like father, like son. As regards classical musicians, that used to happen only in bygone days, didn’t it? In addition to his achievements as a conductor and composer, the famous painting of Leopold Mozart performing on violin with his young … Read More →

Louise (Yelena Kuzmina) and Jean (Pyotr Sobolevsky) kiss prior to their separation

Heard, but not seen – some film credits

Reflections It’s the heavy metal season, and there’ll be lots of it exchanging hands now that we’re in the middle of the annual TV and cinema awards season, that time of year when Emmys, Baftas, Grammys and Oscars pop up … Read More →


Podcast: Shostakovich Symphony No 10

Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO’s Shostakovich series for Naxos has attracted critical acclaim and numerous plaudits, including ‘Orchestral Recording of the Year’ at the 2011 Gramophone Awards for Symphony No 10.  In this fascinating podcast, Vasily Petrenko talks to Edward Seckerson of The Independent about … Read More →