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.
kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.
Track 1 - STRAVINSKY The Song of the Nightingale: 3. The
Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 471 1972
Track 2 - MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor: 1. Allegro
Leila Josefowicz (violin) with the Orchestre Symphonique de
Montréal conducted by Charles Dutoit DECCA 478 1169
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