Barbican Concerts

Gergiev's Stravinsky Festival

Fri 11 May 2012 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London

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Leonidas Kavakos

Leonidas Kavakos

STRAVINSKY Mass
STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto in D major
STRAVINSKY The Firebird – complete ballet

Valery Gergiev conductor
Leonidas Kavakos violin
Maud Millar soprano
Chloë Treharne mezzo soprano
Alessandro Fisher tenor
Matthew Sandy tenor
Oskar Palmbald bass
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky said of the Credo, the longest movement of his Mass setting, that just as ‘one composes a march to facilitate marching men, so with my Credo I hope to provide an aid to the text … There is much to believe’. Stravinsky began work on his Violin Concerto by sketching out its first chord on a napkin to which its violinist, Samuel Dushkin, hailed the concerto’s theme. The Firebird follows Prince Ivan’s quest to win his princess with the help of the Firebird who aids Ivan by bewitching his opponents into performing increasingly elaborate dances.


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