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Proms 2013 Prom 4: Les Siècles – The Rite of Spring

Prom 4: Les Siècles – The Rite of Spring
Prom 4: Les Siècles – The Rite of Spring
19:30 Sun 14 Jul 2013 Royal Albert Hall
François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles trace the history of French dance music – on period instruments – from the Court of the Sun King at Versailles to the riotous 1913 Paris premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring.
François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles trace the history of French dance music – on period instruments – from the Court of the Sun King at Versailles to the riotous 1913 Paris premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring.

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An evening of riot and revolution in dance music from the court of Louis XIV to the Ballets Russes. François-Xavier Roth directs Les Siècles in the first period-instrument performance at the BBC Proms of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, marking the work’s centenary.

Suites from Lully’s piquant social comedy Le bourgeois gentilhomme, Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, Delibes’s Coppélia and Massenet’s Moorish romance Le Cid provide more than two centuries of historical context for the work that scandalised and galvanised Paris at its 1913 premiere.