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London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Rite of Spring

Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 19:30
Royal Festival Hall, London
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  1. Printemps - Claude Debussy
  2. Concerto for piano (left hand) and orchestra - Maurice Ravel
  3. Idylle de Printemps - Frederick Delius
  4. The Rite of Spring, 'Le sacre du printemps' - Igor Stravinsky

Paris, 1913: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring changes the course of modern music. It wasn’t just that a riot broke out at the premiere: the rhythmic power and primal energy of Stravinsky’s volcanic score are so ferocious that a century later, we’re still dealing with the aftershock. With Juanjo Mena conducting, this should be electrifying. Benedetto Lupo, meanwhile, is the soloist in the dark, defiant Piano Concerto that Ravel wrote for a pianist who lost an arm in the Great War. This is music at its most uncompromising; and in its quieter way, Debussy’s sensuous Printemps is every bit as subversive.

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