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5. The Romanticism of Vadim Repin under the direction of Kent Nagano

Vadim Repin Kent Nagano

5. The Romanticism of Vadim Repin under the direction of Kent Nagano

Maison symphonique de Montréal

As night falls, a toymaker’s store comes to life as dolls throw themselves into a series of unruly dances: welcome to Respighi’s Magic Toyshop! As for Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1, it has become so famous as to virtually eclipse the composer’s other works. Its performance will showcase the dazzling virtuosity and lyricism of violinist Vadim Repin.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Kent Nagano, conductor
Vadim Repin, violin


Respighi/Rossini, The Magic Toyshop, excerpts

Bruch, Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, op. 26

Mr. Repin produced a big, seductive sound and played the solo line with an easygoing lyricism engulfing islands of fiery virtuosity.”

Allan Kozzin, The New York Times


$22 to $45*


FRIDAY August 9, 2019

8:15 P.M.

Win a pair of VIP tickets to the opening concert of the Classical Spree
and meet Maestro Kent Nagano!

Purchase a minimum of two Classical Spree concerts and you become eligible to win front row seats at the OSM’s concert on the Esplanade of Olympic Park, August 7! From the Parterre seated area, you will contemplate the Orchestra’s magic and even meet its conductor Kent Nagano during a private post-concert cocktail.

Your participation couldn’t be made any simpler: by purchasing two concerts or more through or at the OSM ticket office, you are automatically entered in the draw to win 1 of 10 pairs of tickets, next August 1**. Get ready to immerse yourself at the heart of the music by transforming your concert experience into a simply unforgettable adventure!

*Valid exclusively for tickets purchased at or at the OSM box office. Purchases via the Place des Arts website or ticket services will not be entered into the draw.
**For details, please consult the Contest Rules.

From 1858 until his death in 1868, Rossini and his wife hosted renowned salon evenings at their villa outside Paris. There, young musicians and intellectuals enjoyed Rossini’s gourmandise and the musical manifestations of his famous wit—songs and piano miniatures that the composer called his Péchés de vieillesse. These good-humoured, tongue-in-cheek, delightfully zany pieces are Erik Satie avant la lettre with titles like “Abortive Polka” and Four hors-d’oeuvre: Radishes, Anchovies, Gherkins, and Butter.

Commissioned by Ballets Russes director Sergei Diaghilev in 1918 (shortly before Pulcinella was commissioned from Stravinsky), Respighi’s La boutique fantasque is a brilliant pastiche of Rossini’s Péchés. Colourfully scored with delightful timbres from celesta, harp, bells, and piano, the ballet consists chiefly of dances performed by mechanical dolls, such as the “Tarantella,” “Mazurka,” and “Can-Can.”

The seductive appeal of Bruch’s First Violin Concerto was immediately apparent at its 1868 premiere, in its final version revised by Brahms’ intimate friend, violinist Joseph Joachim. One contemporary review wrote, “The two main movements, the Adagio and the energetically clever Finale-Allegro are excellently contrasted; the former will, on its own merit, pioneer a way though music.” The innovative opening Prelude is almost like a fantasy with two dreamy, expansive melodies framed on either side by solemn chords. These chords lead into an inspired, lyrical sonata-form Adagio, followed by a crackling Finale.

© Ariadne Lih


Kent Nagano

Vadim Repin