Monday 27 May 2013, 7.30pmWiener Konzerthaus, Vienna

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Lutosławski Musique funèbre

Beethoven Symphony No. 7


Stravinsky The Rite of Spring


Continuing the centenary celebrations of the birth of Lutosławski, one of the century's most influential musical voices,the concert opens Musique funèbre. Described by the composer as 'my first word in a new language', the programme continues with  Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

Inspired by a primordial vision of an ancient ritual, The Rite of Spring 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 debut, which will see Maestro Salonen conduct the piece in numerous concert halls around the world.

This concert is part of the Woven Words: Lutosławski Centenary series