Another snowy day in London and another super concert. And this came as a surprise: I hadn’t listened before to Vasily Petrenko neither to Sergej Krylov. The selling point for me for this concert was the two suites from Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, one of my favorite works.

First work, first surprise: Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, a work that can sound too naive if played focusing on the neo-classical aspects of it acquired a totally new dimension under Petrenko baton. Interesting layering came to light.

Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto is played so many times that people can be tired of listening to it. However here Petrenko presented a chamber-like version, more interested on the musical accents rather than in the noisy and spectacular ones. Violinist Sergej Krylov was as said, another discovery. His vision of the concerto perfectly matched this intimate vision. It was revealing how Petrenko controlled the sound of the orchestra to let the soft tone of the violin to be over it.

After the intermission, after a all-russians first half the surprise came with french impressionist Daphnis et Chloé. Here there was not intimacy but expressiveness, quite loud and powerful. All the details of the score were so clearly exposed that you could imagine the dancers. And still all the climax were presented in full and a meaningful way.

Can we please have Vasily Petrenko more in London?