More establishment than experimental, classifying the late composer is no easy task
Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky
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Monday 02 September 2013
“Viva la revolucion!” An incongruous idea, perhaps, amid the Swiss lakes and mountains, let alone Lucerne’s ever-shiny music festival. But there we go: revolution, or its musical history, is the event’s “theme” for its 75th birthday year.
Saturday 17 August 2013
Russian maestro Valery Gergiev performs erratically, but empty seats are the evening’s real surprise
Saturday 10 August 2013
A highly intelligent Princess Aurora and dazzling airmanship by her saviour prince give a classic a special lift
Sunday 04 August 2013
With his relaxed style, detailed knowledge and musical passion he was a natural on TV and radio
Friday 02 August 2013
A concert curated and conducted by Oliver Knussen has as much interest as a new piece by this most reclusive and original of British composers. And Prom 26 – whose works he seems to have chosen because they reflect a fastidious control of detail equal to his own – allowed things which are not normally juxtaposed to shed fresh light on each other.
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
Thursday 04 July 2013
Back in London for the first time in 30 years, Boston Ballet look fresh, fast and strong. Balanchine’s Serenade, the first work on the company’s opening night, is both lyrical and democratic, full of moments when a corps dancer will stand out from the crowd. In the Boston performance, you notice a strong turn, a soaring jump. It’s like sunshine on water, a sparkle that lights up the dance without breaking its flow.
Album review: Einav Yarden, Oscillations: Piano Music by Beethoven & Stravinsky (Challenge Classics)
Friday 28 June 2013
This is an unusual juxtaposition of seemingly incongruent composers, not least because of their contrasting attitudes to piano music – such an integral aspect of Beethoven's work, virtually an afterthought for Stravinsky, despite the instrument's centrality to his compositional process.
Friday 26 April 2013
With performances of Apollon musagète and Oedipus Rex, John Eliot Gardiner has chosen to celebrate his seventieth birthday with two masterpieces from Stravinsky’s neo-classical period which could not be more different.
Thursday 18 April 2013
The Tardis is coming to the Royal Albert Hall as Doctor Who's 50th anniversary is celebrated during this year's Proms.
Saturday 30 March 2013
Stravinsky's 1913 ballet, The Rite of Spring, premiered to catcalls and fisticuffs.
Album review: Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (EMI Classics)
Friday 22 March 2013
Released to mark the centennial anniversary of its explosive premiere, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker's Rite of Spring is instantly engrossing from the opening woodwind flourishes.
Friday 08 February 2013
Agon is one of Stravinsky's more extreme excursions into pure, plotless, abstract ballet, with neither story nor characters to hinder the choreographer.
Thursday 07 February 2013
A National Portrait gallery exhibition of the modernist's work is entirely dedicated to his photographic portraiture, much of which has never been displayed in this country before
Monday 04 February 2013
The most powerful weapon in the opera designer’s armoury is lighting, which allows musical atmosphere to be changed by the flick of a switch: Ravel’s ‘L’enfant et les sortileges’ was never more resonant than when lit by David Hockney’s glowing reds, greens, and mauves.
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