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OBC Season

KENT NAGANO

CONDUCTS THE RITE OF SPRING

  • Dates 9 and 10 March 2019
  • Ticket prices 10€/43€/58€/75€
  • Hall Hall 1 Pau Casals
  • Cycle OBC Season

The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris over 100 years ago to uproar, blows and wild applause. The work has lost none of its modernity since then: the rhythm, colour, strength and energy of Stravinsky’s work remain entirely up-to-date in what is the composer's most performed and best loved work.

In May 1913 the career of choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky was rising meteorically. He premiered two very different works that month: the Rite at the end of May and, two weeks earlier, Debussy’s ballet Jeux, about a trio of lovers playing in the forest, with its graceful, sensual score. As expected, the performance scandalised Parisian audiences, in a musically intense month. The acclaimed American conductor Kent Nagano, director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera, closes the programme with Saint-Saëns' colourful Egyptian concerto, the last of the composer’s five piano concertos, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist.

Debussy: Jeux
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, "The Egyptian"
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC)
Kent Nagano, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

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