Often referred to as the “Seventh Brandenburg Concerto", the 'Dumbarton Oaks’ Concerto dates from Stravinsky's American and Neoclassical period. Fifteen musicians, treated as soloists, engage in joyful parlour banter punctuated by syncopated rhythms which make us want to dance. The tale of Peter and the Wolf, an educational guide to the instruments of the orchestra as well as a work of political satire, has enchanted not only Russian children, but youngsters the world over.
Brilliantly used by Stanley Kubrick in his famous film 2001, A Space Odyssey, the opening bars of Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra mark the beginning of our journey to the cosmos. First stop: the constellation Orion, home to the seven stars described in Winter Sky, a magical score by Kajia Saariaho. Jabba the Hutt appeared for the first time in Return of the Jedi accompanied by the harrowing music of John Williams, the composer of Star Wars. Our journey fittingly concludes with a beautiful musical tour of the entire solar system in The Planets, the well-known orchestral suite by Gustav Holst.
Uncontested master of the quartet and the symphony, Haydn also wrote 15 operas, which remained locked away inside his patron's palace. Il Mondo della luna is a delightful philosophical farce in Italian comic style where, in an act of deception, a ridiculous old fool is led to believe that he is on the moon. Haydn's mischievous side seems to have rubbed off on Beethoven, whose Symphony No. 4 draws on this language while also developing it. Quarks, the smallest elementary particles of matter currently known, were Yann Robin's inspiration for his unconstrained exploration of sound, which emerges as a truly sensory experience.
A beautiful musical tour of the entire solar system in The Planets, the well-known orchestral suite by Gustav Holst.