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Performer: Pavel Kogan

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Foot on the accelerator: speedy Rachmaninov in Basingstoke

Pavel Kogan © msso-kogan.com
This Anvil concert revealed a “two sides of the same coin” quality from an illustrious orchestra that left a mixed, but mostly favourable impression.
****1
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Moscow Gold in Birmingham: stunning Shostakovich

Pavel Kogan © Letoline | Wikicommons
A programme steeped in the cultural experience of 20th-century Russia offered intrigue, thrills and a surprising dash of humour.
*****
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The depths of the famous Russian soul: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Middlesbrough

Pavel Kogan
A Russian orchestra playing big, soul-searching pieces of Russian music is always going to be a crowd-puller, and a full symphony orchestra visiting the North East is a rare treat, so it was no surprise that the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra had the cavernous Town Hall in Middlesbrough pretty much filled, with a very enthusiastic audience.
***11
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Russians play Russian: The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Bristol

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Everyone tells me that Russians play Russian music better than anyone else, but no-one seems to be able to put their fingers on the mysterious quality of Russianness Russians are meant to produce when playing Russian.
***11
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Raucous Tchaikovksy from the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in London

Moscow State Symphony Orchetsra
The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra continued their European tour with three programs at the Cadogan Hall, all with works by Tchaikovksy. As far as programming goes, the MSSO played it safe, but when it comes to Tchaikovksy this is not necessarily a criticism.
***11
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