Yuri Bashmet has achieved fame as a result of his excellence as a viola player. Here’s an opportunity to see him in another role: As conductor and interpreter of symphonic music of Brahms and Tchaikovsky.
The orchestra is the Novaya Rossiya, directed by its chief conductor, Yuri Bashmet. Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” is a powerfully emotional piece under any baton, but in this amazing interpretation Bashmet gets down to its darkest depths to reveal its true Russian soul. And his young players, all graduates of the Moscow Conservatoire, bring a real freshness to Brahms’s Symphony No 3, racing through the opening allegro and dancing through the third movement with sunny sprightliness.
While I could not yet locate a video of this specific music, here’s another gem, with Bashmet performing:
Mozart Symphonie Concertante – Spivakov / Bashmet:
Tags: Yuri Bashmet, Brahms symphony 3, Tchaikovsky 6, Novaya Rossiya