Part of the BBC Proms.
An evening of riot and revolution in dance music from the court of Louis XIV to the Ballets Russes. Francois-Xavier Roth directs Les Siecles in the first period-instrument performance at the BBC Proms of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, marking the work's centenary. Suites from Lully's piquant social comedy Le bourgeois gentilhomme, Rameau's Les Indes galantes, Delibes's Coppelia and Massenet's Moorish romance Le Cid provide more than two centuries of historical context for the work that scandalised and galvanised Paris at its 1913 premiere. Finish time: approx. 21:45