London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Centre

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An authority on Stravinsky, Sir Simon Rattle continues the 2017/18 season opening celebrations with three of the composer's revolutionary ballets.

Stravinsky sent shockwaves through classical music in the 20th century. His first three ballets - The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, all composed between 1911 and 1913 - brought a new and frenzied sense of rhythm, so distressing to audiences that it caused uproar; The Rite of Spring even caused a riot.

And it's not hard to see why. Is there any moment in music more demonic than the opening to The Firebird, a terrifying rumble of strings that would make Jaws tremble? There are few pieces more unsettling than The Rite of Spring with its carnal, tribal rhythms; or Petrushka with its impish Punch and Judy puppets. Sir Simon Rattle brings these three creations to life in this dramatic programme.

Programme & Performers

Stravinsky The Firebird (original ballet)

Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version)

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

Venue Details & Map

Barbican Centre

Address
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
Public transport:
Tube: Moorgate/Barbican Train: Liverpool Street

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