Stravinsky: Renard, Mavra, Les Noces ****
Philharmonia/Salonen, Royal Festival Hall, 26th May 2016
A wedding feast, a man in drag and an outwitted fox were unlikely accomplices in the second concert in the Philharmonia’s series Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals. In a concert entitled Tales, Esa-Pekka Salonen focussed on three vocal works, composed in close proximity during exile imposed by the First World War. They hark back to old Russia, full of nostalgia despite none being based on authentic folksong or rhyme. This splendid evening was given additional Russian authenticity by featuring young soloists from the Mariinsky Theatre. With open palms scything the air, Salonen led sharply rhythmic performances, driving Stravinsky’s often relentless music forward powerfully.
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