Le baiser de la fée

Tribute to Tchaikovsky

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The German violinist Antje Weithaas returns to Amsterdam Sinfonietta as guest concertmaster. She also performs as soloist in Stravinsky’s Divertimento for string orchestra, for which he drew inspiration from the Russian master Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky’s third string quartet is quintessentially Romantic. The emotional funeral march from the third movement moved the audience to tears at its première. Stravinsky wrote the ballet Le baiser de la fée as a tribute marking the 35th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s death. He incorporated melodies by Tchaikovsky, resulting in an atypically romantic sounding work. In 1958, while travelling in Japan, Stravinsky happened to hear Takemitsu’s Requiem for string orchestra. He was very taken by the young composer’s passionate style of composing. The encounter between the two composers signified Takemitsu’s international breakthrough.

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  • Takemitsu Requiem for string orchestra
  • Stravinsky Divertimento for violin and string orchestra
  • Tsjaikovski Sting Quartet no. 3 (version for string orchestra)


  • Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Antje Weithaas direction & violin

Variations in the programme:

Muziekgebouw, Concertgebouw, Musis, Stadsgehoorzaal and Concertzaal Tilburg
In the above-mentioned venues we will perform one concert per concert date, featuring the complete programme as indicated on this page.

In TivoliVredenburg we will present two concerts per concert date, with an adapted programme. Takemitsu’s Requiem for string orchestra will not be performed in these concerts.

“Antje Weithaas is one of the great violinists of our time”

– Fono Forum

Concert dates

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Bach & Britain

with Beatrice Rana

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