Stravinsky & Swan Lake
Friday, March 9, 2018 - Sunday, March 11, 2018
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Stravinsky Game of Cards (Jeu de Cartes)
Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements
Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake, Op. 20a
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Yury Yanowsky dancer
Dalay Parrondo dancer
Stravinsky’s turbulent Symphony in Three Movements was written as a direct response to the events of WWII. He wrote the symphony in the final days of the war, influenced, as he wrote, by “our arduous time of sharp and shifting events, of despair and hope, of continual torments, of tension and, at last, cessation and relief…” Stravinsky’s engaging Game of Cards (Jeu de Cartes) ballet is said to have been motivated by his fondness for poker, with the main character being the cunning Joker. Tchaikovsky revolutionized the art of composing for dance, and his Swan Lake is recognized as one of the most popular ballets in the world, inspired by Russian folk tales and one of the composer’s most beautiful works.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to to the concert.
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Stravinsky’s clever, complex and tuneful Jeu de Cartes is ideally interpreted by Claudio Abbado and the London Symphony Orchestra (DG); every strand of the music is clearly audible, yet the long line is also preserved.
The same composer’s magnificent Symphony in Three Movements, one of his most powerful yet melodic works, is beautifully interpreted by that master of twentieth century music, Michael Gielen, with the SWR Symphony Orchestra (HANSSLER); the digital sound is absolutely stunning.
The soaring ballet Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovksy’s greatest masterpieces, and who better to perform it than Charles Dutoit with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, with the typical resplendent sound (DECCA).