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Denève's big weekend



This weekend will be a much-anticipated one at the LA Phil starting tomorrow night, when Stéphane Denève conducts Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. The French-born maestro, now at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, was young enough to be of appeal to many orchestras, including our own, when settling on the Scots.

The Dumbarton Oaks Concerto in E-flat has a special place in French repertoire. First conducted by Nadia Boulanger when Stravinsky himself fell too ill, it interanimates with Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 significantly.

The Rachmaninoff, his last work, includes an alto sax in the orchestration. The Khachaturian might even inspire a few Saturday-night Soviets to put away their Blackberries for a while.

I'll have a review up at LA Opus, where Rodney Punt and I try vainly to keep up, sometime Friday.