Sell-out performance was in the hands of a maestro

Nikolai Lugansky, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Ilkley Gazette

THE celebrated St Petersburg Philharmonic and their longstanding music director Yuri Temirkanov have been regular visitors to Leeds Town Hall over the past decade.

Hardly surprising then that the orchestra’s eagerly anticipated programme was a complete sell-out.

Three movements from Khatchaturian’s Spartacus - beginning with the famous Adagio - displayed the magnificent mahogany-rich St Petersburg strings - all 64 of them anchored by nine double basses.

The forces were slimmed down for Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. Soloist Nikolai Lugansky’s spectrum of colours and shading of dynamics made every note sound fresh. There was a fleeting, mercurial brilliance to his playing.
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