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Vasily Petrenko conductsThe Rite of Spring

27 – 30 November 2024

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

Paris in the early 20th century was a cultural explosion of art, literature and music – and on stage the Ballet Russes was entirely reinventing the artform.

Striking beauty

Most revolutionary of all was The Rite of Spring, and Stravinsky's masterpiece still thrills as a work of astonishing intensity that feels both primal and strikingly modern.

From its compelling rhythmic drive to its stunning, awesome soundworld, The Rite continues to electrify more than a century after its premiere. And Vasily Petrenko, the celebrated music director of the Royal Philharmonic, is the work's ideal interpreter. Now it's Sydney's turn to hear his phenomenal realisation of Stravinsky's mesmerising score.

In a concert full of drama and striking orchestral textures, Camille Saint-Saëns' First Cello Concerto casts the cellist as our hero. German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser is a noted interpreter of this work, his recording praised by Gramophone for its 'overwhelming passion'. Performed on his 1694 Andrea Guarneri, you will hear why it is among the greatest of all cello concertos.

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra


ELIZABETH YOUNAN Nineteen Seventy-Three, 50 Fanfares Commission
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No.1
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

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Vasily Petrenko conductor 
Johannes Moser cello 

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