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25.07.2021 21:00 (CEST)

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World Premiere of John Williams Violin Concerto No.2 at Tanglewood 2021

Just one day after the live event, DG Stage is delighted to present the world premiere performance of John Williams’ Violin Concerto No.2 from the Tanglewood Festival. Williams himself conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the soloist is the work’s dedicatee, Anne-Sophie Mutter. The legendary composer and superstar violinist are old friends and have enjoyed worldwide success together in recent years with their album Across the Stars and their joint performances as part of John Williams in Vienna, both featuring adaptations of some of Williams’ best-loved movie themes written especially for Mutter by the composer. 

Providing an explosive opening to the concert is American composer-violinist Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst (2012) for string orchestra, full of fiery colours and energy and conducted by the BSO’s Music Director Andris Nelsons. He returns to the stage after the Violin Concerto for Copland’s Quiet City, a score that began life as incidental music for a play of the same name, but found fame as a standalone concert piece. With haunting solo parts for trumpet and English horn, this reflective work paints an atmospheric portrait of a city by night. The programme ends with the suite Stravinsky put together in 1919 from his ballet The Firebird, triumphantly premiered in Paris in 1910. The ballet scenario is based on various Russian folk tales and this ever popular suite captures all the magic, drama and musical characterisation he had created for the dancers of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.   

Jessie Montgomery
John Williams
Violin Concerto No.2 (world premiere)
Aaron Copland
Quiet City
Igor Stravinsky
Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)

Anne-Sophie Mutter violin
Robert Sheena English horn
Thomas Rolfs trumpet
Andris Nelsons conductor
John Williams conductor
Boston Symphony Orchestra

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