Presented by Catherine Bott
The CBSO celebrates the creative energies of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes with two brilliant ballet scores. Diaghilev brought together some of the most influential artists of the early twentieth-century, including Stravinsky, Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky. Tonight the orchestra features music by Stravinsky and Ravel.
Stravinsky's Petrushka, premiered in 1911, tells a fantastic story of love and death amidst the marionettes at a Russian spring fair; Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, premiered a year later, meanwhile, is a love story of Ancient Greece relating the love between a goatherd and a shepherdess, set to some of the most sensuous music ever written for the stage.
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
conductor Andris Nelsons
Followed by a selection of music for Holy Week, including:
Biber: Rosary Sonata no.6: 'The Agony in the Garden'
Andrew Manze (violin)
Richard Egarr (organ).