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Impressions about Stravinsky and Oliver Knussen

Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring certainly made a lasting impression. 100 years ago today, Pierre Monteaux strode into the orchestra pit at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and into the history books. Some called the ensuing riot the unofficial start of World War I; certainly the Romanticism, primitivism, nationalism, heroism—all the outsized gestures produced by that 1913 culture fanned those flames—but calmer minds immediately recognized Stravinsky’s ballet for the masterpiece that it is (not to mention the provocative nature of Nijinsky’s naked dancers). Nevertheless that single event, the premiere of Le Sacre du printemps, continues to be the most talked-about performance in all of Classical music. It’s a story that has a life of its own, possessing the kind of immediacy that makes it hard to believe it happened 100 years ago.

WFMT marks the anniversary in several ways:

Wednesday at 8:00 PM

Lasting Impressions – revisited

Composer Oliver Knussen

Composer Oliver Knussen

Recently, WFMT devoted an entire day to newer works that might, in turn, last 100 years. We called that day Lasting Impressions. One of those pieces will get another airing tonight on the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival broadcast, “Requiem, Songs for Sue for soprano and chamber ensemble” by Oliver Knussen (2005-06). This work was chosen for Lasting Impressions by someone who is very close to the work, pianist and composer Marc Neikrug. Hear his impression of the piece:

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Wednesday at 9:00 PM

The Rite of Spring: The 100-Year Shock Wave
Producer Jon Tolansky looks at the turbulent history of Stravinsky’s history-making and tradition-shattering ballet score.

Listen On-Demand

Hear a live piano four-hands performance recorded in our studio. Read more about the original piano four-hands version of Stravinsky’s score.


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