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On demand: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

GSOplayRecorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall: Stora Salen, Gothenburg, Sweden
Online until Monday 30 September 2019

This orchestral explosion with its mysterious passages never ceases to fascinate, here under the leadership of the chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Stravinsky wrote, prophetically, in his memoirs: “I wish that somebody in Leningrad could look for the music, for I am curious of how I composed just before The Firebird.”

In the 1910s, Stravinsky was hugely creative in his collaboration with the Russian Ballet in Paris. The Firebird was followed by Petrushka, and then came masterpiece The Rite of Spring – perhaps the most important and famous orchestral piece of the 20th century. Inspired by the violence of Russian spring, he composed music that was daring and innovative in equal measure – nothing like it had ever been heard before.

Filmed in March 2019.

If you love this piece, watch it again as performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra led by Edward Gardner.

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