1999 Hollywood Bowl Residency


Los Angeles Times

The orchestra's many resources include an accomplished, virtuosic string choir, strong winds and a deep sense of ensemble. The high point of the evening came in an outpouring of lush tone and emotional openness achieved in the Tchaikovsky [Suite No. 3]. Here, the playing seemed to grow more beautiful as the work progressed, the pleasure culminating in the many-faceted burnished glories of the theme-and-variations finale.

Orange County Register

You marvel at the [RNO's] unruffled style and grace. You are amazed by the delicate balance...In the case of these players, the 'Elegie' [from the Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3] became blissfully bittersweet, the 'Valse melancholique' deliciously refined, the Scherzo a vivacious chatterbox. You didn't want them to end.

Los Angeles Times

The Russian National Orchestra played [Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5] with appropriate splendor and breadth. Blazingly impassioned but controlled playing informed by pungent and telling balances made this an exceptional experience.

What They’re Saying

"In a modern classical world, rife with reports of under-funded and dying ensembles, curtailed schedules and shrinking audiences, the foundation and continued growth of [the Russian National Orchestra] seems not only miraculous; it just may be the most important cultural story of our time."

International Piano