Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Igor Stravinsky, today focusing on his relationship with the impresario Sergei Diaghilev.
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Igor Stravinsky.
Stravinsky's Fireworks was written for the approval of his mentor, Rimsky-Korsakov. It also marked the beginning of his relationship with another important collaborator.
The impresario Sergei Diaghilev had founded a magazine and had promoted, in Paris, an exhibition of Russian painting which had been a big success. Then there had been a sensational season of Russian opera which introduced the great Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin to Paris. Now Diaghilev wanted to introduce Parisian audiences to the glories of Russian ballet. And he looked to Stravinsky to help him.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Boulez, conductor
The Firebird Suite
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Three Movements from Petrushka
Katia Labeque, piano
Marielle Labeque, piano
The Rite of Spring (excerpts)
Valery Gergiev, conductor
The Rite of Spring (Sacrificial Dance)
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Produced in Cardiff by Martin Williams