|Just lose that shawl - Daniel Mueller-Schott when he is not playing|
The second piece was far better suited for the Hall with an orchestra reduced in size playing Shostakovich's Symphony No.14. It is not so much a Symphony but an orchestral version of a long operatic scene for two voices. Their singing resembles a drawn out lament at times, or a more direct exchange at other times. Alexander Vinogradov has probably literally blown away a few people in the audience at times with a bass voice that is unsurpassed in strength. It would be a real feat to hear him in a full length opera. Olga Mykytenko was a good match for his voice, both being greatly appreciated by the audience.
Overall, the performance was beautifully played and exactitude was the conductors strength who seemed to be in full command of the orchestra. The Hall itself just seems more suited to small orchestras or even chamber music due to the fact that it has the acoustics and the architectural charm of a Moscow Metro Station. But then again, I am sure there will be plenty of other venues in Liverpool that are still awaiting discovery.