Leonie Holmes’ short work, commissioned by the APO in 2020, opens the ﬁnal mainstage concert of the year. It takes its inspiration from Tessa Stephens’ poem Cycles.
Beethoven’s scintillating Violin Concerto is an exhilarating piece, particularly with a tour de force performance from the astonishing violinist Clara-Jumi Kang.
Stravinsky’s ballet about a wooden puppet that comes to life is one of the most folk-inﬂuenced pieces he ever wrote. The opening scene is set in a fairground, and Stravinsky said that audiences should be able to smell the food.