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
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.