The Rite of Spring

Details

Producer: The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Venue: Republic Hall
Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 20.00 hrs


Description

SERGEY SMBATYAN       
Conductor

ALEXEI VOLODIN
Piano

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

 

The premiere of the ballet in 1913 caused a scandal. Commissioned by Diaghilev, the work describes a pagan ritual where a virgin dances herself to death. The riots that ensued in the theatre were a reaction to Stravinsky’s jarring rhythms and complex innovations, Nijinsky’s exotic choreography and Roerich's bizarre settings.

 

The Piano Concerto by fellow Russian Rachmaninoff is contrastingly full of lyrical melodies. Often described as the greatest piano concerto ever written, the work is full of dialogue between orchestra and soloist.

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