STRAVINSKY The Firebird (original ballet)
STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version)
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
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Part of the 2017/18 season
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.
A special Gala package, including top price tickets and an exclusive post-concert dinner, is still available for this concert. Please visit lsogala.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Hannah Bone ([email protected] or 020 7382 2563) for further details.
Foyer Fanfares: Guildhall School musicians
6.30pm, Barbican Foyers
Clare Elton Fanfare (world premiere)
Julian Anderson Opening of Fantasia I from ‘Fantasias’
Stravinsky Prelude from ‘The Rake’s Progress’
Guildhall School Musicians
Matthew Stein, Jacob Rosenberg, Rebecca Toal, Tom Kearsey trumpets
Sam Barber, Alistair Goodwin trombones
Oliver Johnson, Luke Maher horns