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B5 Inspired by Birdsongs

Programme:

Einojuhani Rautavaara
Cantus arcticus, Op. 61 (Concerto for birds and orchestra)

Anders Hillborg
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra (Peacock Tales)

Antonín Dvořák
The Wild Dove, Op. 110

Igor Stravinsky
The Firebird, suite from the ballet

Cast:

Karel Dohnal – clarinet
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava
Petr Popelka – conductor

 

A bizarre connection is shared amid these compositions. The evening’s subheading could be named “the bird concerto”. First up is the composition by the late Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara called Cantus arcticus, created in 1972, who included a recording of a birdsong near the polar circle and bogs in Northern Finland. Next is the Peacock Tales by the Swedish composer Hillborg. This clarinet concert is highlighted by the soloist ornithological dance. After that will follow Dvořák’s Wild Dove, which is one of the four symphonic poems based on A Bouquet by Erben. Finally, concluding this concert will be the suite from the ballet Firebird with its story based on a Russian folk tale. The first performance in 1910 was unexpectedly successful and appreciated by both audience and critics. However, the author felt the ballet was rather tedious so he created multiple versions of the ballet suite, which is, in fact, performed more often than the ballet itself.