Janine Jansen appears as soloist with the orchestra in Shostakovich’s intense First Violin Concerto. The leading conductor Valery Gergiev delves deeper into Russian musical storytelling with Stravinsky’s dark fairy tale Le baiser de la fée.
With their passionate, expressive style, Valery Gergiev and Janine Jansen join forces.
You’re always bound to get fireworks when you put certain musicians together. Valery Gergiev and Janine Jansen are exactly that type of explosive combination. The Russian conductor and Dutch violinist both push boundaries with the full support of the Concertgebouworkest, which is equally excited about taking risks and reaching for the stars. It’s sure to be an absolutely divine combination!
The orchestra is looking forward to welcoming them back for Shostakovich’s intense First Violin Concerto. The acrobatic violin part is full of pent-up rage and bitter irony. David Oistrakh, who gave the world premiere after Stalin’s death, characterised the first movement as a ‘suppression of feelings’ and the Scherzo as ‘demonic’. The work is sure to fit the versatile Janine Jansen and the Concertgebouworkest like a glove.
With Stravinsky’s Le baiser de la fée, Valery Gergiev delves deeper into Russian musical storytelling. This ballet music is inspired by Tchaikovsky’s romantic ballets and Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’. A fairy enchants a young man with her kisses, and then takes him away from his mother, then his fiancée and finally life on earth.