|This montage from our Podcast Vault revisits a post from May 29, 2013. It can be found in our archives at https://archive.org/details/Pcast107|
Today's stroll into the Podcast Vault takes us back seven years, as we larked the centenary of an important milestone in music history, the then-controversial premiere of The Rite of Spring, at a regular ballet recital in Paris.
Much like the equally (yet less celebrated) Skandalkonzert held in Vienna two months earlier, the riotous atmosphere of the evening stands out in contemporaneous accounts. Either evening, however, can be thought of as the inflexion point where old traditions give way to new ideas in music making.
After a series of nine performances, the ballet is put aside, and will not be danced again until seven years later (same scenic concept, but under a choreography by Leonide Massine). There are few vestiges of Nijinsky's original choreography, however, even a handful of notes and photos. It is from these documents as well as sketches left by Roerich that Millicent Hodson, Kenneth Archer and Robert Joffrey try to recreate everything in 1987.
As our bonus track, I retained the 1919 suite of Stravinsky's earlier Diaghilev ballet, The Firebird. We shared a different (more elaborate) version of this suite from 1947 last year, however the shorter 1919 version is more familiar. The performance is by the Toronto Symphony.
I think you will (still) love this music too.