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Stravinsky - The Soldier's Tale (Histoire du soldat)

  • Band : 7 instruments, Actor(s), Conductor
  • Themes : War, morality, Russia revolution, folk tale, story, dance
  • Running Time : 65 mins, or 90mins inc interval with "Making Histoire - A Guide to Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale"
  • Featured artists : Actors: Crawford Logan / Simon Donaldson
  • Age suitability All, depending on translation
  • Pre-Concert talk available Yes

Histoire du Soldat was written in 1918, telling the tale of a soldier, his violin, the devil and a princess. Auricle's musicians and actors perform Stravinsky's seminal music theatre work, The Soldier's Tale (Histoire du soldat). 2017 marks 100 years since the Russian Revolution, which was the catalyst for the work. Whilst in exile in Switzerland, Stravinsky was effectively cut off from Russia by the October uprising, both financially and emotionally. The austere circumstances he found himself in however, lead to the creation of his musical story of the Soldier and his violin, collaborating with poet CF Ramuz and conductor Ernest Ansermet. Auricle presents Stravinsky's work in a concert version with the complete extant music, and Ramuz's text in a modern translation by playwright Jeremy Sams. Auricle's leader, Amy Cardigan is featured on violin, and is conducted by Chris Swaffer.

[REVIEW] “Exceptional...the performance is a delight ***** "


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Crawford Logan recently completed a very successful Edinburgh Fringe in Cumbernauld Theatre's 'The Gardener', even picking up a 5* review with picture in The Times, and has been fortunate over many years to have appeared in theatres all over the UK and abroad, including the West End. In 2013 he appeared 319 times in ‘The Woman In Black’ at the Fortune Theatre in London’s Covent Garden, seeing in both the 25th year of this famous play and it’s 10,000th performance. Crawford has been a familiar voice on BBC Radio over many years, in particular as the suave author/detective Paul Temple in the Paul Temple Mysteries on Radio 4. He is a veteran of dozens of audiobook recordings and hundreds of voiceovers for radio and television. Crawford recently performed 'The Lighthouse Keepers' with Red Note Ensemble and earlier this year 'Beethoven's Letters' with the Carducci Quartet. He has a long association with the Tallis Chamber Choir in London and with the compositions of Sally Beamish, and among others has appeared with the Rose Consort of Viols, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Trio Isimsiz and the Rosenethe Singers. He is also a very occasional member of a band called The Martians!