Thursday 8 February 19:30Gullserien | Sølvserie II
Litton's Sleeping Beauty
Thursday 8 February
Conductor Laureate Andrew Litton presents a programme of Russian masterpieces.
‘There is no time for letters’ wrote Tchaikovsky to his brother as he became more and more engrossed in the score for The Sleeping Beauty. The piece would become the greatest ballet score Tchaikovsky wrote, with music full of grace, warmth and drama powered by the composer’s unrivalled musical imagination.
Andrew Litton conducts his own suite of music from The Sleeping Beauty’s music at this concert of Russian masterworks. Before it, he is reunited with cellist Leonard Elschenbroich for a piece both musicians have championed: Kabalevsky’s second cello concerto. This is a dark, brittle piece but it has moments of brilliance too, the perfect counterbalance to all the fizz and sparkle of Glinka’s Overture to his fairytale opera Ruslan and Ludmila.
«The German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich is a rising star on the European concert scene. A musician of great technical prowess, intellectual curiosity and expressive depth», The New York Times