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While working on his ballet Pulcinella, Igor Stravinsky studied old Italian scores attributed to Baroque composer Pergolesi. This ballet inaugurated Stravinsky’s Neo-Classical period; in writing it, he reported looking not only to the past but also into the mirror.
Fortress of Shadows by Ilkka von Boehm was inspired by the rugged coastal cliffs of the Hebrides in Scotland, rising out of the sea in a sheer wall. The music references not only the extra-musical landscape but also earlier music, in a misty reflection of Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.
Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra
cond. Taavi Oramo
Further information: Márta Schmidt