Collins Classics is a highly respected classical label formed by Pinnacle Entertainment 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 music’ as ‘everyone was up on their feet cheering and clapping’ when the piece débuted at Helsinki’s Imperial Alexander University.
Much the same can be said for last night’s recital at the Albert Hall as part of the BBC’s 2017 Prom series. With the auditorium suspended in perfect silence, it was only the last stroke of John Storgård’s baton that managed to slice through the tension and send the crowd into a rapture of praise and applause.
Following this was an astounding performance of Edvard Grieg’s renowned incidental...
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 work is an undeniably challenging piece for even the most practiced musicians. Thus, through “scattering the elements of musical language that they could never again be put together as before”, it’s no surprise The Rite of Spring is considered as one of the 20th Century’s most influential classical works.
Tickets for tomorrow’s Prom are available to buy here. In the meantime, why not stream or download Collins Classic’s 1989 recording of the London Symphony Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s epic ballet come symphonic...