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Thu 21 Sep 2017 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

Stravinsky ballets
This Is Rattle
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STRAVINSKY The Firebird (original ballet)
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STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version)
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STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

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.

Tickets: £55 £40 £30 £20 £15

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£5 under-18s tickets available

On sale online from 10am Friday 3 February 2017

download audioListen: Stravinsky Firebird on LSO Live

 

Foyer Fanfares: Guildhall School musicians
6pm, Barbican Foyers

 

Part of the 2017/18 season

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

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