Its primordial pulse is all-consuming and intoxicating. A century after The Rite of Spring’s scandalous première, its undertow of swirling menace, snarling brutality, and visceral, provocative power continues to astound. The extraordinary James Ehnes brings the crisp, neoclassical colours of Stravinsky’s concerto into razor-sharp focus, while Lili Boulanger’s shimmering Impressionistic feast saturates the senses with dew-covered leaves and fragrant blossoms. A work by her elder sister, Nadia—one of the most influential composition teachers of the 20th century—introduces the program.
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
N. Boulanger: Allegro (North American Première)
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
L. Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (original version)