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Petrushka and friends

Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

Liadov Baba Yaga
Liadov The Enchanted Lake
Liadov Kikimora
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2*
Stravinsky Petrushka (original version)

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Ray Chen violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

*Please note a change to the advertised concerto

On a spring day in Old Russia, a crowd of fairgoers watches a puppet show. Petrushka loves the Ballerina. The Ballerina prefers the Moor. Tragedy looms, but don’t worry: puppets don’t have hearts … do they? Stravinsky’s Petrushka paints Russian tradition in colours as bright as a piece of folk-art – and as sinister as the new century. Violinist Ray Chen brings all his charisma and wizardry to Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, and Vladimir Jurowski raises the curtain with an affectionate glance backwards: three fantastic miniatures by the man who was originally meant to write The Firebird, Stravinsky’s old teacher Anatoly Liadov.

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