Classical music review

Pianist Douglas sparks concert by top Russian orchestra at Broward Center


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The Russian National Orchestra repeats the program at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. The orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s ‘Capriccio Italien,’ Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’ at 2 p.m. Thursday at the same venue; 561-832-7469,

South Florida Classical Review

The Russian National Orchestra, which holds its own with top-tier European and American orchestras, was greeted by an unfortunate sea of empty seats for the Broward Center’s Classical Series. The lustrous, dark-hued playing of the Moscow-based orchestra conveys a unique sonority. Bereft of the reedy wind sound and coarse brass of Soviet-era orchestras, it does not have a weak link.

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