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The Birds

feat. Stravinsky, Rautavaara, Respighi, Vivaldi & Dvořák

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Birdsong is the theme of our collection this week, and the ways in which countless composers over the centuries have worked to imitate it in their own man-made music.

Unusually for us it's an entirely orchestral menu (or bird table) this time, and one which covers a lot of historical and ground. We begin in the early twentieth century with Stravinsky's ‘Le Chant du Rossignol’, based on Hans Christian Anderson's fairytale The Nightingale. From there we nip to near the end of the twentieth century for Raatavaara's ‘Cantus arcticus’. Next comes Respighi's ‘The Birds’ of 1928, before we whoosh back to the early 1700s for Vivaldi's “The Goldfinch” flute concerto. Then we finish by way of late nineteenth century Czech colour, with Dvořák's ‘The Wood Dove’.

Curation: Natascha Klotschkoff

Text: Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • The Birds

  • An introduction to Stravinsky — Le Chant du Rossignol

  • Le Chant du Rossignol Preview Only

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

    Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony1986
  • An introduction to Rautavaara — Cantus arcticus op. 61

  • Cantus arcticus op. 61 Preview Only

    Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Osmo Vänskä, Lahti Symphony Orchestra1992
  • An introduction to Respighi — Gli Uccelli

  • Gli Uccelli Preview Only

    Ottorino Respighi

    Salvatore Di Vittorio, Chamber Orchestra of New York 'Ottorino Respighi'2013
  • An introduction to Vivaldi — Concerto in D major RV 90 »Il gardellino«

  • Concerto in D major RV 90 »Il gardellino« Preview Only

    Antonio Vivaldi

    Maurice Steger, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis2014
  • An introduction to Dvořák — Die Waldtaube op. 110 B. 198

  • Die Waldtaube op. 110 B. 198 Preview Only

    Antonín Dvořák

    Yakov Kreizberg, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest2006

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