At The Ballet
Presented by Christopher Warren-Green
Errollyn Wallen Horseplay
Brilliant neoclassicism contrasts with atmospheric 20th-century music in this varied programme, conducted by LCO’s music director, Christopher Warren-Green and presented by British composer Errollyn Wallen.
The concert opens with a work by Wallen herself, who has been praised by Gramophone as “an influential figure and inspirational role model … a leading figure in today’s classical music world”. Her piece Horseplay is a ballet in four movements, each with its own colour and energy inspired by the horse as archetype.
After this, step back in time to enjoy Igor Stravinsky’s irresistible ballet Pulcinella, based on 18th-century Italian compositions believed to be by Pergolesi. Pulcinella marks Stravinsky’s return to his collaborative partnership with Russian impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes Sergei Diaghilev – a partnership that had yielded Stravinsky’s earlier triumvirate of radically modernist ballets, The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. In contrast, Pulcinella is simple, charming and elegant, and marked a major shift in Stravinsky’s music towards what would eventually become known as ‘neo-classicism’.
Stravinsky later revised the ballet to create the more frequently performed Pulchinella orchestral suite, which the London Chamber Orchestra premiered in the UK in 1925.
The Orchestra and Warren-Green are joined by three illustrious soloists who are familiar faces both on the world’s opera and concert platforms: tenor, Toby Spence, soprano, Lucy Crowe and bass, James Platt, to bring this irresistible music to life. If that wasn’t enough, in an exciting collaboration with Queen Mary University of London, the performance will be accompanied by an original narration, read by Errollyn Wallen.