Puppets in love? Sounds delightful. But there’s a sinister secret to Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka - something that makes it far more than just one of the most entertaining pieces in 20th century music. In this special Tuned In concert, presenter Paul
From the rocketing energy and playful humour of Prokofiev’s firecracker of a First Symphony, to the Shakespearean tragedy of Brahms’ Fourth, this concert demonstrates the whole range of Nelsons’ musical personality – and shows the gift that has ma
It’s springtime in old Russia, and as crowds throng the Shrovetide Fair, passions are rising. But how serious can it get? After all, a puppet doesn’t have feelings… does it? 100 years on, Stravinsky’s brilliantly original ballet continues to start
With the first chords of Elektra, we are plunged into a psychologically intense and violent world. The opera shocked audiences (and even its performers!) when it had its premiere in Dresden in 1909. Today, as then, Elektra’s desperate need to avenge the
In this year of all years, with performances proliferating to mark the centenary of the work's notorious premiere, it has been more difficult than ever for conductors to put a personal stamp on their interpretations of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
“My subject is War, and the pity of War.” Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem for the new Coventry Cathedral, but it’s become one of the defining achievements of modern music, a timeless and profoundly moving exploration of man’s inhumanity
Written in the Second World War during the gruelling siege of Leningrad, Shostakovich's powerful Symphony No 7 has since transcended the specifics of its conception to become a universal expression of man's survival during times of conflict.
Roman holidays: when northern composers headed for Italy, it never took them long to go native. Felix Mendelssohn wrote a symphony that positively dances in the sunlight, and Tchaikovsky had barely left his hotel room before his head was fizzing with tune
To call Mitsuko Uchida a legend is to sell her short: she’s a byword for freshness, intelligence, and the special poetry that comes from a lifetime’s devotion to the greatest music ever written. Here, she makes her long-awaited return to Birmingham wi