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Expertly filmed in colour by Humphrey Burton and originally broadcast on Britain’s fledgling independent television in April 1972, this DVD documents a London Symphony Orchestra concert in the Royal Albert Hall on the first anniversary of Stravinsky’s death.
Who better to conduct it than the man who famously stated that “the whole modern movement begins with Sacre du printemps”?
The performance finds the LSO at its swashbuckling best, but it’s Bernstein who takes the limelight, animating the old Russian tunes from within, communicating the music’s primal urge and giving it a tumultuous, unstoppable momentum.
The concert also comprises the Capriccio for piano and orchestra (Michel Béroff) and the Symphony of Psalms with the English Bach Festival Chorus.
Leonard Bernstein conducts The Rite of Spring etc