Concert review: Mariinsky Orchestra makes strong showing at Arsht Center

February 9, 2015 11:07 PM

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Concert review: Mariinsky Orchestra makes strong showing at Arsht Center

Concluding their tour of southern Florida, the Mariinsky Orchestra came to Miami’s Arsht Center Friday night with a program of Russian showpieces. The St. Petersburg-based ensemble is not only one of Russia’s best but a truly world class orchestra that can hold its own with top American and European bands. Longtime music director Valery Gergiev is hard to surpass in Russian repertoire, and the concert also featured an extraordinary performance of a too-rarely-played piano concerto.

A highly flexible group that regularly plays opera, ballet and chamber music performances as well as symphonic concerts, the Mariinsky does not have a weak link from first chairs to section players. Their corporate sound consistently displays depth and cohesion of tone and instrumental blend. Rodion...

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