Wednesday 6 October 19:30
CANCELLED / The Rite of Spring
Due to a strike in the arts and culture sector in Norway, our concerts on 6 October has been cancelled. All tickets holders will be contacted.
No performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring can fail to raise the heart rate and this, under our own Chief Conductor Edward Gardner, is likely to do even more. The score was inspired by a dream in which Stravinsky saw a girl dance herself to death in sacrifice to the god of spring, watched by a circle of elders. It prompted the most exciting ballet score ever written, a work of thrilling primitivism, wild brutality and exuberant colour.
Before Stravinsky’s most infamous work, we hear one of his most perfect. The composer’s Symphony of Psalms is his choral-orchestral homage to the baroque. It is a masterpiece of invention and architecture in which a kaleidoscope of overlaying patterns and counterpoint deliver a balance of religious devotion and musical sensitivity unsurpassed in twentieth-century choral music.