Introducing Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Watch our short introduction to Stravinsky's Violin Concerto
Royal Festival Hall 2013/14
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Górecki World Premiere
Plus works by Tansman and Stravinsky
Tansman Stèle in memoriam Igor Stravinsky
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Górecki Symphony No. 4 (Tansman Episodes) (world premiere)
Andrey Boreyko conductor
Julian Rachlin violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra
In 1940s Hollywood, the Polish composer Alexandre Tansman met and befriended Igor Stravinsky. It was a close, respectful relationship that Tansman captured in his musical memorial on Stravinsky’s death three decades later – a touching elegy containing a rhythmic tour-de-force that would surely have made the Russian smile. Stravinsky paid homage to his own musical mentors Bach and Mozart in the poignant games and conflicts of his acrobatic Violin Concerto. Finally, this concert offers a true musical event – the first performance of a symphony, again from a Polish composer, that the musical world has been anticipating for nearly 40 years: the Fourth from Henryk Górecki, who died in 2010.
Górecki’s Symphony No. 4 is commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Southbank Centre, London, with generous support from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in London; The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association: Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director; and the ZaterdagMatinee, Dutch radio’s classical music concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Free pre-concert events
5.00pm–5.30pm | Royal Festival Hall
The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s creative ensemble for 15–19 year-olds, The Band, premieres new music written by the group and dedicated to the memory of Górecki.
6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
Renowned Górecki expert, Professor Adrian Thomas, discusses the world premiere of Symphony No. 4.
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