Ensemble 360 played it so powerfully and stylishly that I can’t get it out of my head

BBC Radio 3 on Souvenirs of Italy Concert with Ensemble 360

GLINKA Grand Sextet in E flat
STRAVINSKY Soldier’s Tale Suite 
TCHAIKOVSKY String Sextet in D minor Op.70 Souvenir de Florence

Mikhail Glinka’s Grand Sextet, written in Milan and inspired by the operas of Bellini and Donizetti, sparkles and delights, while Tchaikovsky’s graceful String Sextet was composed following a visit to Florence and bears a glorious Italian/Russian hybrid character.

In between, Stravinsky conjures a rich tapestry of music in his Russian parable of a soldier selling his soul - and his violin - for money. Maybe the Devil does get all the best tunes!

'All music in Russia stems from Glinka.' Igor Stravinsky

This concert will also be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

This concert is generously supported by Maurice and Sheila Millward

Experience thrilling live music by the world’s greatest Russian composers, performed up close in the Crucible Studio this May. See the full festival diary here.

Don’t know where to start? Listen to the festival highlights playlist or come along to a Russia in the Round ‘taster’ concert on 11 March.

Running time: About 1 hour and 30 minutes (including a 15 minute interval)
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