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Newly discovered piece by Stravinsky

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“One of our most thoughtful and intense musicians.” That’s what the New York Times wrote about experimental violinist Jennifer Koh, who is passionate about contemporary music.

Here, she is the soloist of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s celebrated violin concerto, which was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer award of 100,000 dollars in 2012. A captivating and streamlined work that summarises his many years working with music in Los Angeles.

In 2016, a piece by Stravinsky was rediscovered at a music library in St Petersburg. It was a piece of funeral music that he wrote for a memorial concert for his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, Funeral Song, which has been called the missing link between Feu d’Artifice and The Firebird.

Stravinsky wrote, prophetically, in his memoirs: “I wish that somebody in Leningrad could look for the music, for I am curious of how I composed just before The Firebird.”

During these years in the 1910s, Stravinsky was hugely creative in his collaboration with the Russian Ballet in Paris. The Firebird was followed by Petrushka, and then came masterpiece The Rite of Spring – perhaps the most important and famous orchestral piece of the 20th century. Inspired by the violence of Russian spring, he composed music that was daring and innovative in equal measure – nothing like it had ever been heard before.

This orchestral explosion with its mysterious passages never ceases to fascinate, here under the leadership of the chief conductor of Gothenburg Symphony Santtu-Matias Rouvali.


Stravinsky Funeral Song 12 min
Salonen Violin Concerto 30 min
Intermission25 min
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring 33 min


Gothenburg Symphony
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Jennifer Koh violin

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