Iván Fischer conducts an all-Stravinsky programme. The colourful ballet Petrushka is preceded by the Concerto in D or ‘Basel Concerto’ for strings and the Capriccio for piano and orchestra, featuring soloist Emanuel Ax.
Among the guest conductors of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Iván Fischer is a true veteran. Having made appearances for the last thirty years, Fischer has always continued to do what first earned him fame: shining a new light on what are often familiar compositions.
Together with pianist Emanuel Ax, himself a welcome guest with the orchestra, Fischer is focusing on both well- and lesser-known works by Igor Stravinsky: one work each from the composer's 'Russian', his 'French' and his 'American' period.
Stravinsky understood all too well that innovation and tradition go hand in hand. His Concerto in D uses Baroque music as a model, yet still has a typically angular, Stravinsky-like sound. With his colourful ballet Petrushka, Stravinsky placed ancient Russian folklore in an ultra-modern context. The infrequently performed Capriccio is one of few works Stravinsky wrote for soloist and orchestra, but is diametrically opposed to the Romantic solo concerto: instead of pathos, there are crackling sparks between piano and orchestra.