Oliver Knussen conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 26.01.2018 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) from the Academy’s Box Office

Oliver Knussen conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op 36
Stravinsky Funeral Song, Op 5
Stravinsky Variations: Aldous Huxley in memoriam
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1945 version)

Oliver Knussen, the Academy’s Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture alongside three works by fellow Russian Stravinsky. The Funeral Song, written in memory of Rimsky-Korsakov, was composed in 1908; tragically, the original score was lost after the first performance, but the orchestral parts were found at the St Petersburg Conservatory in 2015. The last of Stravinsky’s orchestral compositions, Variations, is another tribute work, dedicated to the composer’s close friend, English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley. The concert finishes with the 1945 Suite from the ballet The Firebird, which follows hero of Slavic folklore Prince Ivan into the magical realm of Koschei the Immortal.

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