The Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko, has been recording a series of major works by Sir Edward Elgar for Onyx. After albums of the two symphonies and the Enigma Variations, he turns to some of the vocal works, Sea Pictures and The Music Makers, recorded with the mezzo Kathryn Rudge and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, alongside the Pomp and Circumstance March No 1.
James Jolly went to Liverpool last May to talk to the pianist Boris Giltberg for a Gramophone Podcast about the Beethoven piano concertos which he's recording for Naxos with the RLPO and Petrenko, and took the opportunity to have a conversation with Vasily.
They talked about a Russian conducting Elgar and a British orchestra playing Russian music - and where the two meet.
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