Our Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Igor Stravinsky's two best-loved words in a programme of thrills and excitement.
His infamous Rite of Spring opens tonight's programme. Growing out of a haunting bassoon opening, the piece takes the listener on a whirlwind journey through unpredictable rhythms and enticing sonorities - so shocking to some that the piece sparked a riot at its premiere.
Enchanting, glistening, exotic, Stravinsky's Firebird was commissioned for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. In this Russian legend, Prince Ivan enlists the help of the mystical Firebird to defeat the evil Kastchei, compelling the sorcerer and his menacing troupe to dance themselves to collapse in a frenetic 'Infernal Dance' before finally a solo horn announces the joyful arrival of sunlight and the destruction of Kastchei's powers.
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