In a colossal career spanning more than 60 years, Igor Stravinsky was constantly reinventing himself with kaleidoscopic shifts in style. Along the way, the Russian composer forged key professional ties. In this program from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, we hear three works linked to the CSO. Charles Dutoit conducts the Symphony in C, which Stravinsky wrote for the orchestra’s fiftieth anniversary.
We also hear The Firebird, which Stravinsky led in his CSO conducting debut in 1925, and to begin, the incendiary Fireworks. As a bonus, the program concludes with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the CSO in a performance of Bartók’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin.
Stravinsky Fireworks, Op. 4
Stravinsky Symphony in C
Moderato alla breve
Tempo guisto alla breve
Stravinsky The Firebird
From performances in May 2016.
Bartók Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
From performances in April 2014. Photo: Charles Dutoit conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO).