The revolutionary genius of Stravinsky is once again spotlighted by master interpreter Esa-Pekka Salonen in this program that explores his notable works inspired by ritual, including the lost-until-2015 piece Funeral Song and the ever impressive Rite of Spring.
First composed in 1909 upon the passing of his teacher Nikolai Rimksy-Korsakov, it was lost after the first performance before being uncovered at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory over 100 years later. Particularly fond of the work Stravinsky commented that he imaged it as 'all the solo instruments of the orchestra filed past the tomb of the master in succession, each laying down its own melody as its wreath.'
Innovative and compelling, this work contributed to Stravinksy's 1957 collaboration with George Balanchine. First began in 1953, it contains a unique blend of musical idioms that illustrate Stravinsky's changing technique during its long gestation period.
Rite of Spring
A signature piece for Salonen, Rite of Spring is a radical evocation of Russian folk-culture and ancient traditions and has become one of the most recorded works from the 20th-century repertoire. As inspiring as it was inciting at its 1913 premiere, it is a distinct turning point in composition, and one not to be missed by intermediate or beginner symphony-goers.