May 29, 2013

100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Le Sacre du printemps was choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky with sets and costumes by Nicholas Roerich. The momentous first performance took place 100 years ago today - on 29 May 1913 - at the new Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Pierre Monteux on the podium.

A dress rehearsal, attended by musicians, balletomanes, artists and literati, had not caused offense but the evening premiere descended into anarchy as members of the audience voiced their outrage. A year later, in April 1914, when Monteux conducted two concert performances of Le Sacre du printemps in the Paris Casino, Stravinsky was mobbed by delirious admirers.  

 

EMI Classics released several recordings of Le Sacre du printemps, the most recent one by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Click here to find out more about the album.

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere with a selection of our recordings on Spotify - to get to the playlist, click here.