Vasily Petrenko made his debut with the legendary Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, performing a programme of Schubert’s Overture from the Incidental Music to Rosamunde, Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Michael Barenboim, also making his debut appearances with the orchestra), Ravel’s La Valse, and Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé. Maestro Petrenko performed in Berlin for three concerts in 15th, 16th and 17th February before conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in Leipzig on 18th February.
Felix Stephan (Berliner Morgenpost) was full of praise, describing Petrenko’s debut as “fearless” and “brilliant”. He commented: “Petrenko makes the orchestra sound virtuosic, transparent and very confident.”
“His body language is very dynamic, Petrenko is conducting with a great energy but at the same time he looks very elegant. Petrenko unleashed the full tonal power of the Berlin Philharmonic.” (Der Tagesspiegel)