Collins Classics is a highly respected classical label formed in 1989 and now owned by Phoenix Music International. Featuring recordings from renowned London orchestras including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Consort of London, Collins Classics' catalogue covers a wide range of musical works from Bach to Britten and Shostakovich to Sibelius. The label’s 130 albums form a small yet important part of recorded music history.
Although Sibelius’ Karelia Suite may not be his most technical composition, it is certainly one of the late Finnish composer’s most authentic and, therefore, publically beloved. With an underlying air of patriotism and conquest, the suite’s triumphant orchestration came to define the young composer as a prodigy of his time. So it’s not surprising that, in a similar yet more affirmative comparison to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, ‘you couldn’t hear a single note of the musi
There hopefully won’t be any riots breaking out at the Albert Hall tomorrow night. However, with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring causing such scenes during its inaugural recital at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées back in 1913, security will be sure to have their wits about them! Performing the piece as part of this year’s BBC Proms series will be the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. With extreme experimentations in tonality, metre, rhythm and dissonance, the