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Napoleon's revenge: a Russian orchestra in Paris | reviews, news & interviews

Napoleon's revenge: a Russian orchestra in Paris

Napoleon's revenge: a Russian orchestra in Paris

Waiting for the audience in the Salle Pleyel's Art Deco foyerDavid Nice

Ninety-five per cent of Napoleon's army was wiped out on the freezing retreat from Moscow in 1812. The statistics weren't nearly as impressive nor, thankfully, so mortal for the Russian National Orchestra's concert in Paris's Salle Pleyel last Saturday. It happened under reduced circumstances that hardly affected the quality of the playing - though sadly nothing could be done about the wayward conducting of the controversial (though not, it seems, in France) Mikhail Pletnev.

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