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London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev

 15 May 2012 at 19:30 

London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev

Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Valery Gergiev conductor
Zlata Bulycheva Jocasta
Sergei Semishkur Oedipus
Evgeny Nikitin Creon
Alexei Tanovitsky Tiresias
Alexander Timchenko Shepherd
Simon Callow narrator
Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

The premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring has gone down in history as sparking the greatest audience scandal ever known because of its controversial dissonances and intensely driving rhythms. Leonard Bernstein described the piece rather more favourably as containing ‘the best dissonances anyone ever thought up, and the best asymmetries … and whatever else you care to name’. Oedipus Rex is based on Sophocles’ tragedy in which Oedipus unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother, the discovery of which leaves him so distraught that he gouges out his own eyes.

Igor Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky : Oedipus Rex

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