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Performer: Yuri Simonov

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A not so brief encounter with the Moscow Phil

Yuri Simonov © Ivan Smirnov
An earthy – if slow – Pictures at an Exhibition from Yuri Simonov and the Moscow Philharmonic in Basingstoke is like a musical step back in time. 
****1
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Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich with an authentic Russian accent from the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Though impressively performed by the Moscow players, conductor Yuri Simonov's interpretative choices did not always convince in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.
***11
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Moscow Philharmonic and Yuri Simonov: Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov in Manchester

The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra enjoyed an evening of youthful exuberance in the Bridgewater Hall with an all-Russian programme, conducted with grace and refinement by Yuri Simonov.Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain explicitly paints what the composer called “Spirits of darkness...and the Black Mass” in a progressively wild orgy before the bells of dawn break the scene.
****1
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