New Year’s Concert
Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Conductor: Philipp von Steinaecker
Soloist: Sebastian Bertoncelj, cello
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Prelude: Dawn over the Moscow River from the opera Khovanshchin
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Chorus and Peasant Song from the opera Eugene Onegin
Sergei Prokofiev (!891-1953), Juliet as a Young Girl and Dance of the Knight from the ballet Romeo and Juliet
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804-1857), Ouverture to the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Pas de deux from the ballet Apollon musagète
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Polonaise from the opera Eugene Onegin
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), In Thy Kingdom from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Introduction, Panorama and Valse from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty
European nations have an age-long tradition of folk and fairy tales, a treasury passed down over generations to while away the long winter nights and for simple enjoyment. Historic events, Christian and pre-Christian mythology, provide a rich source of stories that enthral young and old alike with their exotic motifs, often including supernatural phenomena, and inspire us with moral instruction.
The New Year’s concert includes musical settings of different texts – from Pushkin’s historical themes, a love story by Shakespeare, tales by the Grimm Brothers, to Greek myths and liturgical texts of the Orthodox Church. The common thread that links the stories from highly dissimilar cultural traditions is Russian classical music. Throughout the centuries Russian composers knew how to breathe new life into ancient stories with their natural ingenuity and sparkling wit. Thus, it is not surprising that Russian music is perfectly suited to the holiday season, the time when fairy tales come alive – magical glimpses at the past and sparks of imagination. Resembling lights that adorn our homes and streets and dispel the darkness of long winter evenings. May our concert bring a warm glow of contentment to your festive season!