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Vasily Petrenko: ‘Nothing scares you after working with Russian soloists. Now it’s different. The new generation looks to the West, and they’re more disciplined.’ Photograph: Bo Mathisen

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Berlioz: Requiem

If you remember Valery Gergiev’s LSO Live recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony made in St Paul’s Cathedral, you may experience a(...)