Stčle in memoriam Igor StravinskyStravinsky
Symphony No. 4 (world premiere)Andrey Boreyko
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 Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Zaterdag Matinee Amsterdam. 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. BOOK NOW >Hear it first!
Select a link below to listen to selected movements from this concert (Flash Player opens in a new window).Tansman: Stele in memoriam d'Igor Strawinsky - No. 1. ElegiaTansman: Stele in memoriam d'Igor Strawinsky - No. 2. Studio ritmicoStravinsky: Violin Concerto in D major - I. ToccataStravinsky: Violin Concerto in D major - IV. CapriccioYou may also like:Sofia Gubaidulina and Arvo Pärt
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