From the Royal Festival Hall in London, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in three short operatic works by Stravinsky: Renard, Mavra and Les Noces.
Stravinsky Tales - Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Renard, Mavra and Les Noces - three short operatic works by Stravinsky.
The Philharmonia is joined by a group of soloists from the Mariinsky Theatre for three tales which in different ways reflect Stravinsky's love of his Russian homeland. Renard, The Fable of the Vixen, the Cock, the Cat and the Ram, is a 'burlesque for the stage with singing and music,' based on Russian folktales whilst Mavra is a one act homage to Russian writers and maybe too a satire of bourgeois manners. Although its premiere in Paris in 1922 was not wholly successful, Stravinsky himself thought very highly of the work, saying once that "Mavra seems to me the best thing I've done". After the interval comes Les noces, a glorious celebration, tinged with sadness, of a Russian peasant wedding. Though not as famous as his earlier works for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Les noces is perhaps the most original and radical of them all.
Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces these semi-staged performances live from the Royal Festival Hall.
Soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich, Nenad Lecic and Lorenzo Soulès (pianos)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor.