Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic thrills Wharton Center listeners

If you enjoy virtuoso orchestral playing at the highest level, I hope you were able to hear the St. Petersburg Philharmonic at the Wharton Center last night.  The orchestra led by Yuri Temirkanov heated up the hall on a freezing February evening with Rachmaninoff's electrifying Symphony No. 2 and an excellent collaboration with Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang in Prokofiev's second concerto.  For good measure, the group opened with a crisp Rossini Barber of Seville

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic rehearses at MSU's Wharton Center
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic rehearses at MSU's Wharton Center
Credit Peter Whorf

Overture and concluded with the encore string-showcase, Salut d'amour by Edward Elgar.   Rachmaninoff's one hour-plus 2nd Symphony is rarely heard in its entirety on the radio, but you'll be able to catch the St. Petersburg/Temirkanov recording coming up soon on WKAR...so stay tuned.