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Spellbound

Mendelssohn's violin concerto

Just gorgeous
Rapture
Dates Thu 13 Jun, Fri 14 Jun, Sat 15 Jun Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 1 hour 40 mins (incl. 20 min interval)

Our most magical program of the season - from the vitality of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring to the beguiling sounds of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring was the starting point for this concert. It's exactly one hundred years old in 2013, but its fierce rhythms and mesmerising sounds seem as fresh as if they'd been invented yesterday.

Charles Dutoit has paired The Rite with The Song of the Nightingale - fantastic music based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. In The Song of the Nightingale the glittering artifice of a mechanical bird rivals the languid beauty of the real nightingale, and the glamour of the Chinese Emperor's court finds contrast in the humble hut of a fisherman.

This is Stravinsky in a lyrical mood and Felix Mendelssohn makes a perfect partner. You can hear Arabella Steinbacher as the soloist in the most enchanting violin concerto ever written.

Pre-concert talk by Yvonne Frindle in the Northern Foyer, 45 minutes before the performance.

 

Spellbound

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.

Play

Track 1 - STRAVINSKY The Song of the Nightingale: 3. The Nightingale's Song
Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 471 1972

Track 2 - MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor: 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Leila Josefowicz (violin) with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Charles Dutoit DECCA 478 1169

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PROGRAM
  • STRAVINSKY Song of the Nightingale
  • MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor
  • STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
Artists
  • Charles Dutoit conductor
  • Arabella Steinbacher violin
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