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Three great Stravinsky ballets with David Robertson and the SSO

BY Bridget Cormack | 07-Jul-2016
In what is set to be a major artistic highlight of the 2016 season, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson will conduct three great ballet scores Stravinsky composed for the world-famous Ballets Russes at the beginning of the 20th century. This will be a rare opportunity to hear three ballets – The Firebird, The Rite of Spring and Petrushka – performed by the SSO at the Sydney Opera House across two weeks this August. @sydsymph #sydneysymphony @sydneysymphonyorchestra
David Robertson
Credit: Jay Fram
“The Stravinsky ballets – the three that he wrote for Sergei Diaghilev, the then director of the Ballets Russes – are incredibly well-known and loved and yet we tend not to be able to compare them close on to one another,” Robertson says. “The idea of having all three in one season is something I find very appealing because it allows you to hear Stravinsky growing and exploring and at the same time appreciate the incredible qualities that these ballets share in common despite their surface differences.”

Across three exciting concert programs, Robertson will also present the world premiere of a new commission by Australian Elliott Gyger; The Wolf, a concerto by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon composer Tan Dun; The Desert Music by American composer Steve Reich and Szymanowski’s seminal first violin concerto with returning soloist Christian Tetzlaff.

“The orchestration of Reich’s Desert Music is just sensational. When you have a 90-piece orchestra on stage, man this piece is gorgeous! It is just out of this world,” Robertson says. “Desert Music and The Rite of Spring say some very fascinating things about people and how we work as a species.”