High jinks in overtures to two of the most brilliant comic operas in the repertoire reflect the inspiration of Rossini and J Strauss II (among others) in Stravinsky’s racily humourous and ironic “Ballet in four deals”. Mystery in this programme is provided by featured Finn Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Incantations, composed for that much-loved sorcerer of percussion Colin Currie. The composer’s compatriot John Storgårds, a master of unorthodox concert programming, conducts.
Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa and Artistic Partner of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, John Storgårds has a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso and is widely recognised for his creative flair for programming. He is also Artistic Director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra.
Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator, 2013), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world's leading orchestras and conductors.