DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
RAVEL Mother Goose Suite
STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite 1919
Although composed in America, Dvořák’s magnificent Cello Concerto expresses the melodic inflections derived from Czech folk music with a continuous flow of invention and lyricism, performed by world-class cellist, Natalie Clein. Ravel’s magical fairy-tale music of his Mother Goose Suite, though childlike and appealing, possesses an extraordinarily beautiful delicacy and poignancy.
The Orchestra closes the concert with one of the most dynamic and exciting works from the beginning of the twentieth-century, Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, performing the most commonly played 1919 version of the suite and painting a picture of the Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird, from the ‘Infernal Dance’ of King Kashchei to its shimmering finale.
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