Stravinsky’s ground-breaking ballet score for The Rite of Spring and a hypnotic Minimalist classic make for a concert that you’ll feel in your bones.
The Rite of Spring ballet shocked audiences and sparked a riot at its 1913 premiere in Paris. This did more good than harm – it was asuccès de scandale – and Stravinsky’s explosive score was a game-changer for the world of music. Hear it live in concert and you’ll literally feel its pounding rhythms resonating through the hall. It might more than a century old but it’s lost none of its exhilarating power.
Steve Reich’s Desert Music has its own hypnotic rhythmic drive emerging from a central principle of repetition and interlocking patterns: ‘Repeat and repeat again…’ as the choir sings above the orchestra. Its ritualistic character makes it the perfect contemporary companion to The Rite.