The Bridgewater Hall
Variations on a Rococo Theme 18'
Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune 10'
The Firebird: Suite (1945) 33'
conductor | Philip Higham
‘It is a delightful piece, and the fresh, joyous and rich invention of the man is simply enviable’, enthused Brahms after hearing Dvorák’s wonderfully poetic Legends
. Equally delightful is Tchaikovsky’s tuneful tribute to the composers of the eighteenth century. His ‘Rococo Variations’ are performed by rising star of the cello, Philip Higham. Then for the exotic, erotic atmosphere of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
in which a faun dreams of two beautiful nymphs and wonders how best to savor the memory.
Glowingly orchestrated and replete with Stravinsky’s characteristic rhythmic drive and sense of colour, The Firebird
– a setting of a popular Russian fairy tale –established him as the major new voice in twentieth-century music.
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