BBC Concert Orchestra

The Solider's Tale

Sat 20 Apr 2024

Djanogly Theatre

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A theatrical work by Igor Stravinsky and Swiss writer Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ (L'Histoire du soldat) is the composer’s greatest work for narrator and orchestra.

Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale

With guest narrator Alistair McGowan

It is the story of a soldier trudging home, who trades his violin to the devil in return for a magic book that can tell the future and make him rich. Eventually, realising that wealth is meaningless, the soldier deliberately loses a card game with the Devil to win back his fiddle. But the Devil is not so easily beaten…

Featuring a septet of BBC Concert Orchestra musicians – violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and percussion – and star guest narrator, this is one of a double-bill of concerts presented in Nottingham by the world-renowned BBC Concert Orchestra. On Friday 19 April, the Orchestra performs Wynton Marsalis’ ‘A Fiddler’s Tale’, a retelling of Stravinsky’s work, at University Hall, Nottingham Trent University.

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