Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Scintillating Stravinsky Rite of Spring Prom 6
So listen to this no matter how blasé you might be. This is different because it's so clean and clear. Often Rites of Spring are angular and earthy, but Chung makes it feel electric and mercurial - such movement, such clarity, such energy! Makes me think - silver, pure crystal springs, newness, shining light. Of course it's brass, winds, percussion and strings, but that's the instinctive effect it's having on me. Which is why I picked this photo, with its silver clouds and violet depths. It's one of the original designs by Nicholas Roerich for Le Sacre du Printemps for the Ballets Russe. Listen here for 7 days online on demand.