Yulianna Avdeeva (c) Christine Schneider

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Charity concert

FIREBIRD | Works of Tschaikowsky and Strawinsky
  • 01.12.2019 Sunday 11:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie

Peter Tschaikowsky Piano concerto No. 1 B flat minor (1874/90)
Igor Strawinsky »The Firebird« ballet in two acts (1910)

Yulianna Avdeeva Piano
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Stanislav Kochanovsky Conductor

It’s a feather that rescues the young Prince Ivan from the fearsome sorcerer Kashchei. Menaced by demons in battle and close to death, he calls upon the firebird to help him using the magic feather. In Igor Stravinsky’s ballet music of the same name, the exotically shimmering bird compels the sorcerer to dance with his iridescent sounds and sings him to sleep with a song. At that, Prince Ivan succeeds in releasing his beloved, the enchanted Princess Tsarevna, from his dark clutches. Peter Tchaikovsky also described his 1stPiano Concerto as a “battle”. The French horns open up the arena Intimidatingly and extremely powerfully: fortissimo chords in the orchestra alternate with forceful cascades of sound in the piano. Here evil is not struggling with good, but rather a “battle between two equal forces” is taking place, as Tchaikovsky said. Conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky and pianist Yulianna Avdeeva will reveal how much endlessly beautiful poetry there is in this struggle at their Gürzenich debut. The Gürzenich Orchestra will bring together two Russian masterpieces in the history of music at the Benefit Concert, collecting for disadvantaged children and youths with »wir helfen«.