Thursday 6 February 19:30
Musical Fables and Fairytales
One day in 1911 Igor Stravinsky was improvising at the piano when he had the idea for a new ballet.
His piano would represent the Russian folk puppet Petrushka, who would suddenly spring to life and ‘exasperate the orchestra with diabolical cascades of arpeggios’. The result was Stravinsky’s big stylistic breakthrough, the haunting ballet for Diaghliev Petruskha in which the composer would depict his homeland with ‘quick tempos, major keys, smells of Russian food, sweat and glistening leather boots.’
Lionel Bringuier brings all the snap and crackle of Stravinsky’s first Russian ballet to Bergen alongside music of equal colour and magic: Ravel’s imaginative fairytale Mother Goose and Lutosławski’s poetic, seductive ‘sound scenes’ based on surrealist poetry by the Frenchman Robert Desnos.