Afternoon Concert

Swiss Summer Festivals

Swiss Summer Festivals



Penny Gore presents music recorded at Swiss summer festivals last year, featuring pieces by Stravinsky, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov and Saint-Saëns. Fairy tales was the theme running through the 2018 Lucerne Summer Festival, depicting musical images of childhood. Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra's opening concert takes listeners into the world of Russian fairy tale with Igor Stravinsky's flamboyantly colourful and lushly orchestrated Firebird. The eponymous bird frees Prince Ivan Czarevich and the beautiful Czarina from captivity in the garden of the evil wizard Kashchei as a reward to the prince for his kindness. Decades later, another magical garden, the wondrous Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, inspired Stravinsky to compose his neoclassical concerto of the same name. Between the two, Lang Lang joins the orchestra for Mozart's great C minor piano concerto. The focus then switches nearly 200 miles south-west to Verbier, for a taste of the concert Valery Gergiev performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the start of its 2018 Summer Festival, for more Russian storytelling in the form of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat - Dumbarton Oaks. Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K 491. Stravinsky: The Firebird, ballet (original version 1909-1910). Lang Lang (piano), Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor). Recorded in August 2018 at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre. c 3.45 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op 35, symphonic suite. Saint Saens: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op 28. Daniel Lozakovich (violin), Verbier Festival Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor). Recorded in July 2018 at the Combins Hall, Verbier.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Penny Gore