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The Faun and the Firebird

Roderick Cox against a black background with pink and purple swirls framing his head

Fairytale colours, Ukrainian courage and a talking violin. Roderick Cox conducts Stravinsky and Debussy and Ilya Gringolts gives the world premiere of a violin concerto with a difference.

A sultry flute, a shower of sparks, a flash of light and a sensuous, sumptuous wave of pure emotion. In the years before World War One, Debussy and Stravinsky transformed the way we listen: inventing musical colours that dazzled, startled and seduced. Debussy’s ravishing Prélude and Stravinsky’s Firebird open and close a concert filled with fantastic stories and sounds.
Take Lotta Wennäkoski’s new Violin Concerto Prosoidia, for example. The composer imagines music as a wordless conversation – and if any violinist can make it talk, it’s the phenomenal Ilya Gringolts. Roderick Cox conducts, and shares another work that speaks more potently than any words: Grazhyna, a musical tale of courage and struggle from Ukraine’s greatest 20th century composer, Boris Lyatoshinsky

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