Barbican Concerts

Sir John Eliot Gardiner 70th Birthday Concert

Thu 25 Apr 2013 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

STRAVINSKY Apollon musagete
STRAVINSKY Oedipus Rex

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
Jennifer Johnston Jocaste
Stuart Skelton Oedipus
Gidon Saks Creon
Fanny Ardant Narrator
Gentlemen of the Monteverdi Choir
London Symphony Orchestra

The ancient Greek subject matter of Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète (Apollo, Leader of the Muses) hints at the ballet’s elegant and restrained neo-Classical style. Sergei Diaghilev, enamoured by the score’s classical beauty, described it as ‘music not of this world, but from somewhere above’. The opera Oedipus Rex, by contrast, was described by Stravinsky as an assemblage of ‘whatever came to hand’, from the sounds of Baroque oratorio and Italian opera to Wagner’s music dramas.


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