Swiss Summer Festivals (1/4)
Riccardo Chailly, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Lang Lang perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24 at the Lucerne Summer Festival. Plus Gergiev at the Verbier Festival.
Fairy tales were a theme running through the 2018 Lucerne Summer Festival, depicting musical images of childhood. Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra's opening concert takes us into the world of Russian fairy-tale with Igor Stravinsky’s flamboyantly colourful and lushly orchestrated Firebird. The eponymous bird frees Prince Ivan Czarevich and the beautiful Czarina from captivity in the garden of the evil wizard Kashchei as a reward to the Prince for his kindness. Decades later, another magical garden, the wondrous Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., inspired Stravinsky to compose his neoclassical concerto of the same name. Between the two, Lang Lang joins the orchestra for Mozart's great C minor piano concerto.
We then travel nearly 200 miles south west to Verbier, for a taste of the concert Valery Gergiev performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the start of their 2018 Summer Festival, for more Russian storytelling as we enter the world of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
Presented by Penny Gore
Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat ('Dumbarton Oaks')
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Stravinsky: The Firebird, ballet (original version 1909-1910)
Lang Lang, piano
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly, conductor
Recorded in August 2018 at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, op. 35, symphonic suite
Saint Saens: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, op. 28
Daniel Lozakovich, violin
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Recorded in July 2018 at the Combins Hall, Verbier