Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Masaaki Suzuki in London tonight
A besuited, rather severe Stravinsky: what a contrast with the joyous, entertaining music of Pulcinella.
We have our second concert with Masaaki Suzuki tonight, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. There are still some tickets available: book here. Music by Mozart, Britten and Stravinsky, including a complete performance of the aforesaid Pulcinella. There is also a London premiere: Stravinsky's arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor.
The concert bursts with wonderful tunes and larger than life characters, ranging from the dishonest hunchback Pulcinella, the stupid but aspirational Tom Rakewell and his alter ego Nick Shadow, and the lively characters that appear in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni.
Singers Rachel Nicholls, Toby Spence and Roderick Williams join Britten Sinfonia.