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
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