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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Revolution in Paris

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Saturday 16 February 2013 at 19:30
Festival: The Rest is Noise
Paris had seen revolution and turmoil, yet it didn't quite know what to think of Stravinsky's epoch-making ballet The Rite of Spring and the curious footing of Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto, both of which were premièred in the city.

The Rite went down rather badly, its language based in deranged rhythm rather than civilised harmony, its choreography changing the point of expression from the ankle to the pelvis.

Ten years later, one of the few to take a shine to Prokofiev's Violin Concerto at its premiere was Stravinsky, who revelled in its childlike beauty and innocence.
Leila Josefowicz  ©  Henry Fair
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