Violin and orhcestra concerto in D minor, Op.47
The Fairy's Kiss (Le baiser de la fée)
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season. A lot has happened since the legendary Sir Thomas Beecham conducted the very first concert in 1932. The orchestra has since been headed by many great names of the music world, leading up to its present principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski (appointed in 2007). Formerly music director of the Glyndebourne Festival, the Russian musician has also just become chief director and artistic director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and is current member of the Board of Directors of the Russian National Orchestra. In Lugano, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the fascinating Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor with Ray Chen, whose career was launched after his victory at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth competition in Brussels and who plays on a Stradivarius violin that once belonged to the legendary virtuoso Joseph Joachim. In the second part, Jurowski will conduct Stravinsky’s fairy-tale homage to Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer he most loved. In his ballet Le Baiser de la Fée (1928), Stravinsky in fact quotes many themes of his venerated colleague, imagining him kissed by the Muse. Stravinsky found the theme for his ballet in a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, in which a child is kissed and kidnapped by the Ice Maiden.