WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
Heard most recently at the Proms in 2012, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker return ?for the first of their two concerts this summer.. An all-Russian programme inspired by dance ?opens with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances - the composer's blazing 'final spark' and, for many, his finest orchestral work. Embracing jazz, plainchant and the waltz, this mercurial piece is a showcase of dramatic skill. After the interval we enter the Russian fairy-tale world of Stravinsky's The Firebird, the vivid, folk-infused ballet score for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes that established the young composer as a rising star. Finish time approx. 20:35