Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
The Rite of Spring
Friday 24 May 2013 7:30 pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Falla Suite, The Three Cornered Hat
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Borodin Polovtsian Dances* Listen to an extract
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Vasily Petrenko conductor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir*
Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36
Paris, May 1913: and with 30 minutes of explosive sound, Igor Stravinsky blew 20th-century music sky-high. That first performance of The Rite of Spring ended in chaos – and we’re still feeling the aftershock today. The Rite remains one of the most thrillingly physical experiences in all music, and now, 100 years after that incredible first night, where the work literally caused a riot, Vasily Petrenko and the Orchestra prepare to unleash hell all over again.
It’s the shattering climax of a concert that recreates the original programme of that incredible night at the Ballets Russes, from the Russian colour of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances to the silken beauty of Debussy’s Prélude.
Classic Intro 6.15pm
Paul Griffiths discusses Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Paul worked for thirty years as a music critic in London and New York. He is known particularly as a writer on new and recent music, his Modern Music and After, now in its third edition, being the standard work on music since 1945.
He wrote the volume on Stravinsky for the Master Musicians series and has been commissioned by the Sacher Foundation to contribute to a centenary volume on The Rite of Spring. Find out more about Classic Intros.
Please note: this Classic Intro was originally scheduled for the Thursday 23 May performance.
This concert will finish at approx. 8.55pm.