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Vasily Petrenko conducts music by Arensky, Weber and Haydn

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Vasily Petrenko conducts music by Arensky, Weber and Haydn

Arensky Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2
Haydn Symphony No.94 in G major ‘Surprise’

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Vasily Petrenko conductor
Julian Bliss clarinet

Add 7 or more On Demand concerts to your basket for a 10% discount!Enjoy this concert in the comfort of your home, as we bring the Orchestra to your living room with an innovative online experience.

Arensky was so taken by the melody of Tchaikovsky’s song ‘Legend’ that he spun seven variations from it as a tribute to the composer. In the finale of his second clarinet concerto, Carl Maria von Weber took the inflections of the Polonaise dance to weave virtuosic runs and jumps into the solo clarinet line. But the rest of the concerto sparkles with brilliance too and Julian Bliss will make it sing and dance effortlessly.

The concert will be available to watch from 7pm on Wednesday 25 November, preceded by a live preconcert talk on Zoom at 7pm with BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and author Stephen Johnson, and a post-concert Zoom q and a session with musicians, conductors and composers in a sort of ‘post match analysis’, where you can ask questions and participate. Further information on how to join the Zoom will be sent to you after you purchase a ticket.You can watch the video at any point without the Zoom element. Please note on demand videos will only be available for 30 days from the date of initial broadcast.

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If you’re interested in joining other concert goers to watch the concert together (virtually), why not join us at 7pm for a preconcert talk by Stephen Johnson on Zoom, followed by the concert? 

To join the Zoom Pre-concert talk at 7pm, please click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89269568677

The post-concert Q and A session with contra-bassoonist Gareth Twigg, violinist Kate Richardson, solo clarinettist Julian Bliss and conductor Vasily Petrenko will start around 8.30pm. In this session, you’re welcome to ask about the performance, the pieces being performed, what a musician’s life is like right now, or anything else!

To join the post-concert Q and A session, click here at 8.30pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89269568677


We’ve been thrilled with the positive feedback on these concerts:

The 4* Times review praised "a performance of dancing colours, crisp beauty and punch… Petrenko’s forces played with heart, soul and all the other necessaries in a performance strong enough to overwhelm even a home listener alone with a laptop."

The Guardian remarked on the concert’s “maximum impact for a bold start to virtual season”

Audiences commented:

Brilliant concert. Excellent programme. Great to have Stephen Johnson involved. Top class performance. More please ! Bravo !

“The sound quality was excellent and the programme was excellent.”

“This was so beautiful it made me cry”