BBC Proms: Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring
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 saga here?