This concert will take place in the concert hall without a live audience: you can watch the concert via the livestream.
Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev. Two great Russian masters who greatly influenced music history – and in turn did not hide their admiration for their illustrious predecessors: our thanks to Bach and Haydn, therefore, for the inspiration that gave us these two works!
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“I played Bach regularly during the composition of the Concerto, and was greatly attracted to the “Brandenburg” Concertos. Whether or not the first theme of my [first] movement is a conscious borrowing from the third Brandenburg, however, I do not know.” — Igor Stravinsky
Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos were clearly playing on a loop at Igor Stravinsky’s place while he was writing ‘Dumbarton Oaks’, named for the villa of the patrons who commissioned the work, Mildred and Robert Wood Bliss. The musical gift for their 30th wedding anniversary was a wonderfully colourful and energetic piece.
In Prokofiev’s case, it was not Bach but Haydn who served as the inspiration: he composed his 1st Symphony, which bears the appropriate title of ‘the classical’, as if it were the work of an 18th-century master. The style, the orchestration, the instrumentation: all classical, but unquestionably interwoven with Prokofiev’s own 20th-century sensibility.
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Poulenc in action
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