The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its Designate Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard round off this weekend’s Stravinsky/Scottish series with the work that changed music for ever. In The Rite of Spring, rhythm was prioritised over harmony – and pounding, jagged, brutal rhythm at that. One of The Rite’s most impactful relatives is the Scythian Suite by Stravinsky’s compatriot Prokofiev, a orchestral canvas that forms the perfect foil to the heartfelt beauty of Tchaikovsky’s charming First Piano Concerto, performed by Kirill Gerstein in a new edition which, he says, ‘allows us to return to Tchaikovsky’s original intentions’.
Prokofiev Scythian Suite 20’
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor (original version, 1879) 34’
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring 34’
Kirill Gerstein piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard conductor
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