“I’ve spoken Russian for all of my life, I think in Russian, the way I express myself is Russian…” Igor Stravinsky explained at the age of 80. Petrushka is the story of three puppets appearing in a Russian market, and the music is full of the colours and the whims one may expect to see in such a place. It is surely among the most beautiful music Stravinsky wrote. Time and again the music draws forth smiles: there are carousels, organ-grinders, romance, slapstick – all presented in a marvelous orchestration.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Conductor
Santtu-Matias Rouvali takes up the position of Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony from the 2017-2018 season. He is also Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra in London. With an already very established career Rouvali regularly works with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
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