Finnish National Ballet's 2013 revival of the original Rite of Spring
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Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Music that may have caused a riot

The public heard Stravinsky's ground-breaking Rite of Spring 100 years ago this week, eliciting a decidedly mixed reaction from the a packed Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.

This extract of a recording of a May 2012 performance by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, gives an indication of why the piece prompted such controversy.

  • 29 May 2013