Radio 3 Live in Concert: Rite of Spring

The Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates one of the most famous premieres in history, live from the Royal Festival Hall, London

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BBC Radio 3
Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 19:30


This month marks 100 years since the infamous premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and almost exactly a century later, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the work at the Southbank Centre, London. Upon attending the premiere Puccini described the work as ‘the creation of a madman’ and it was to leave the direction of music altered forever.

The fact that it is now widely accepted as a masterpiece and makes frequent appearances in concert halls makes hearing it today no less electrifying.

Also on the programme is Debussy’s Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune and Varèse’s Amériques.