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London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle: Stravinsky

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Simon Rattle conducting in front of a Barbican tower with radio waves emitting from it

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Sir Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky’s three great ballets – The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring – in one electrifying concert.

Stravinsky sent shockwaves through classical music in the 20th century. His first three ballets, all composed between 1911 and 1913, brought a new and frenzied sense of rhythm, so distressing to audiences that it caused uproar; The Rite of Spring even caused a riot.

And it’s not hard to see why. Is there any moment in music more demonic than the opening to The Firebird, a terrifying rumble of strings? There are few pieces more unsettling than The Rite of Spring with its carnal, tribal rhythms; or Petrushka with its impish Punch and Judy puppets. Rattle brings these creations to life in a dramatic programme that was one of the conductor's first concerts at the Barbican as Music Director of the LSO.

Approximate running time: 123 mins

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra (2017)

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‘The maestro and his band are in perfect step with Stravinsky’s breathtaking ballet trio‘

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