Monday 4 Feb 2013, 7pmSapporo Concert Hall, Sapporo

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Beethoven Overture, King Stephen

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

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Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Written at a turbulent time in the composer’s life, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is a brilliant example of the tragic yet otherworldly genius that has come to be associated with Beethoven’s music. Napoleonic wars, unrequited love, financial difficulties combine to create a melting pot for the work that resulted. Its highlight comes in the second movement – the Allegretto – where this unrest seems to pour out in a slow, dark, searingly beautiful form. 

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was inspired by a primordial vision of an ancient ritual, the work evokes the exhilarating spectacle of a pagan ceremony, in which a young girl dances herself to death as a sacrifice to the God of Spring. This is just one of a number of performances celebrating 100-years since the work’s début, which will see Maestro Salonen conduct the piece in numerous concert halls around the world.