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Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Stravinsky | Philharmonia Orchestra

Thursday May 30, 2019 at 19:30
Royal Festival Hall, London
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  1. The Chairman Dances - John Adams
  2. Concerto for volin and orchestra in D - Igor Stravinsky
  3. Petrushka (1947) - Igor Stravinsky

Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto bring their energy and invention to a programme infused with rhythmic vigour.

Combining memorable tunes with a lively irreverence, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto whirls across the orchestra with infectious patterns, while Petrushka tells the fantastical tale of three puppets brought to life at a Shrovetide fair. Inspired by Russian legend, Stravinsky fused traditional folk songs with his own vivid musical storytelling – hear how the bustling dances of the festival suddenly vanish as the magician arrives with menacing bassoons, and how two clarinets paint the otherworldly twilight of a scene in Petrushka’s room.

John Adams described The Chairman Dances as an ‘outtake’ from his opera Nixon in China. The music combines lush Hollywood harmonies with a vision of Chairman Mao and Madame Mao dancing a foxtrot together.

Royal Festival Hall
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