Stravinsky’s magical Scherzo fantastique buzzes with sensual, orchestral colours full of swarming, bee-like allusions. Its musical storytelling is a foretaste of things to come in his spectacular ballet The Firebird written the year later. Feodor Akimenko deserves greater recognition. Having studied under Balakirev and Rimsky-Korsakov, his music shines with all the orchestral glister of his counterparts; a trait he passed on to Stravinsky whom he taught. His Cello Concerto has languished unpublished in Paris since his death in 1945. Hearing it for the first time (its intended world premiere in Kharkiv now sadly impossible) will truly be a special occasion. The Fifth Symphony occupies a pivotal place in Mahler’s endlessly fascinating output. The journey from death to life lies at its heart; extremes of joy and pain contrastingly expressed more fully than ever before. From the opening funeral march the music gradually lightens, progressing through a gigantic waltz fantasy and intensely lyrical adagietto before reaching the exuberant rondo-finale.

 

Please note this concert is being livestreamed and some shots will include wide angle views of the audience.

Works and composers

Stravinsky Scherzo fantastique
Akimenko Cello Concerto (world premiere)
Mahler Symphony No.5

In memory of

Michael& Ilse Katz