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Leonidas Kavakos, Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFO © Cory Weaver
San Francisco

MTT offers familiar and unfamiliar Stravinsky in San Francisco

By , 29 September 2018
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Constellation Chor in Filament © Steven Pisano
New York City

Jaap van Zweden signals new rituals for the New York Philharmonic

By , 20 September 2018
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Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 65: Bychkov shines in Berio’s '60’s fantasy

By , 31 August 2018
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Katja Wunsche and artists of the Zurich Ballet in Clug's Sacre © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Choreographers Marco Goecke and Edward Clug reinvent Stravinsky

By , 14 March 2018
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Benedetto Lupo © Carlo Cofano
London

Lupo’s Ravel with Mena & the LPO steals the show from The Rite of Spring

By , 21 February 2018
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Sophie Martin and Constant Vigier in Christopher Hampson's The Rite of Spring © Andy Ross
Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet's Stravinsky Double Bill is a hit in Edinburgh

By , 11 October 2017
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Elgar and the Rite open Oundjian's final RSNO season

By , 06 October 2017
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Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Franz Welser-Möst leads Clevelanders in a ferocious Rite of Spring season opener

By , 30 September 2017
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Sir Simon Rattle conducts the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Supersized, superhuman Stravinsky from Rattle and the LSO

By , 21 September 2017
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Staatsorchester Darmstadt © Vincent Stefan
Darmstadt

Mystery, energy and dancing in Darmstadt

By , 25 June 2017
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Rumon Gamba © Andreas Nilsson
Auckland

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Rumon Gamba push musical boundaries

By , 11 May 2017
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Marc-André Hamelin © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

The Rite of Spring a highlight from Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin at Wigmore Hall

By , 30 March 2017
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Isaac Hernández: In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated © Laurent Liotardo
London

A bold triple bill from English National Ballet, bookended by two masters

By , 24 March 2017
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Laura Halzack and Michael Trusnovec in Le Sacre du Printemps © Paul B Goode
New York City

Paul Taylor dance at Lincoln Center

By , 08 March 2017
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Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
Chicago

Salonen and Josefowicz riveting in Chicago première of Adams’ Scheherazade.2

By , 02 March 2017
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Daniele Gatti © Pablo Faccinetto
Amsterdam

Beauty and the Beast battle for our hearts and ears in Amsterdam

By , 12 January 2017
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Andrei Cozlac and Mélanie Borel in Marco Goecke's Petrushka © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Stravinsky Ballets in Zurich: Petrushka and The Rite of Spring

By , 14 October 2016
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Bertrand Chamayou © Marco Borggreve | Warner Classics
Lugano

Evocation of the Ancestors: Dutoit opens Lugano Musica with Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

By , 22 September 2016
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Thomas Dausgaard © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 31: An ecstatic conclusion to a trilogy of Scottish concerts

By , 07 August 2016
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Simone Young © Reto Klar
Perth WA

Simone Young and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra: Electrifying Stravinsky

By , 06 August 2016
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Liverpool

The RLPO and Vasily Petrenko raise the roof in an all-Russian programme

By , 10 June 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Tension until the bitter end: Salonen and the Philharmonia devastate in The Rite of Spring

By , 15 May 2016
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Ekaterina Kondaurova in Sacre © Natasha Razina
Cardiff

Augurs of Spring: strong Mariinsky double bill in Cardiff

By , 17 April 2016
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Kent Nagano © Felix Broede
Montreal

Kent Nagano excites on eve of OSM's international tour

By , 10 March 2016
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Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela © Nohely Oliveros
London

Lost in translation: Big band Stravinsky with Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar

By , 14 January 2016
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Christian Eschenbach © Fernando Marcos
Madrid

Two opposing Rites: Eschenbach conducts the Spanish National Orchestra

By , 04 December 2015
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Sacre © Bernd Uhlig
London

A very physical yet enigmatic and vague Sacre

By , 11 November 2015
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Marco Borggreve
London

Spanning the centuries with the LPO, Stenz and Kopatchinskaja

By , 28 October 2015
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Alice Sara Ott © Marie Staggat | DG
London

Splendid Swiss tour from the Eiffel Tower to Pagan Russia

By , 24 September 2015
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Valery Gergiev © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Scurrying Bartók, daring Stravinsky: Valery Gergiev and the LSO in Edinburgh

By , 30 August 2015
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Alina Ibragimova with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Litton © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 56: A spectacular Rite and two world premières from Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic

By , 27 August 2015
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Adam Kozal and Aneta Zbrzezniak in Moving Rooms © Ewa Krasucka
New York City

Polish National Ballet: Ready for Primetime

By , 16 June 2015
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Paul Mitchell
London

High-powered pianism: François-Fréderic Guy and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet at Wigmore Hall

By , 13 June 2015
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Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano © Marie Staggat | DG
London

Full throttle: finger crunching pianism from Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano at the QEH

By , 11 June 2015
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Péter Eötvös © Kálmán Garas
London

Eötvös channels Boulez in a solemn rituel and a primal rite with the LSO

By , 23 April 2015
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Barbara Hannigan © Elmer de Haas
London

Emotinally charged Webern, Berg and Ligeti from the LSO

By , 15 January 2015
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Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle

Seattle Symphony's Stravinsky marathon

By , 19 June 2014
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Petrushka © Fabulous Beast
Coventry

A New Rite for the Old Spring: Fabulous Beast's Rite of Spring and Petrushka

By , 29 April 2014
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Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra  ©  Oliver Rosser
Auckland

A stunning Rite of Spring from the Auckland Philharmonia

By , 14 November 2013
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The 5 Browns  ©  Bryan Hernandez-Luch
New York City

The 5 Browns: More than Just 5 Pianos

By , 18 October 2013
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Maestro Jader Bignamini
Milan

La Verdi Orchestra's top class performance of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky in Milan

By , 18 October 2013
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Montreal

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Orchestre Métropolitain in a superb opening concert

By , 18 October 2013
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Valery Gergiev  ©  Alexander Shapunov
New York City

The rites of Stravinsky: Gergiev at Carnegie Hall

By , 10 October 2013
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Emma Jezel in the Australian World Orchestra
Sydney

Rites of reunion: The Australian World Orchestra visits Sydney

By , 03 October 2013
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BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican  ©  Lara Platman
London

Total Immersion: The Rite of Spring 2013 at the Barbican

By , 22 September 2013
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Anne-Sophie Mutter  ©  Harald Hoffman
Birmingham

A new season for the CBSO begins with Andris Nelsons and Anne-Sophie Mutter

By , 21 September 2013
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Simon Rattle  ©  Mat Henneck EMI
Paris

A transfigured afternoon at Salle Pleyel with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle

By , 01 September 2013
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Petrenko opens the new Oslo Philharmonic season  ©  Johannes Granseth
Oslo

Lyrical elegance and ritual sacrifice: The Oslo Philharmonic and Petrenko open their new season

By , 29 August 2013
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David Robertson conducting at Aspen
Aspen

The Rite of Spring at the Aspen Festival

By , 11 August 2013
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François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles at the BBC Proms 2013  ©  BBC / Sisi Burn
London

Prom 4: From Lully to The Rite of Spring with Les Siècles

By , 14 July 2013
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