The Firebird

The Firebird


2020-11-28 Sat 19:30National Concert Hall400 700 1000 1200 1500Buy
Shao-Chia Lü, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

Anatoly Liadov: Eight Russian Folk Songs, Op.58
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird

Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky leads in the NSO in a mostly Russian program that opens with a little-known work by a little-known conductor and ends with one of music history’s best-known composers in what is probably his best-known work. Anatoly Liadov’s most memorable quality was his penchant for laziness and procrastination. He composed little, so if he turns up seldom on symphony programs, well, that’s his own fault! Sinaisky conducts orchestral settings of eight folk tunes that show his inherent understanding of the idiom as well as his skillful and economical orchestration. Stravinsky, on the other hand, has gone down as the composer of the twentieth century. Placing Liadov and Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet score on the same program is entirely fitting, as Liadov was asked to provide the Firebird music before Stravinsky was, but he declined. The Firebird made Stravinsky famous overnight – so famous that he eventually became known as “Mr. Firebird”! In between the Russians we hear Taiwanese violinist and this season’s artist-in residence with the NSO, Paul Huang, in the Brahms concerto, widely regarded as one of the two greatest ever written for the instrument (Beethoven’s is the other).