Sir Colin’s role in British musical life was immense. He became principal conductor of the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) in 1995 and was its longest serving prinicpal conductor. Alongside his commitment to the LSO, he forged special relationships with the Royal Opera House, the BBCSO (BBC Symphony Orchestra), and the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as mentoring many young performers and conductors at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School.
Lebrecht Music & Arts has photographs of all the different stages in Sir Colin Davis’ career in London, Paris and St Petersburg and the BBC Proms.
Le Sacre du Printemps or Rite of Spring celebrates the 100th performance anniversary of its riotous debut on 29th May 1913 in the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. The ballet was commissioned by Sergei Diahgilev for his Ballets Russes. Music was composed by Igor Stravinsky, choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich.
The avant-garde nature of the music and choreography, with their acknowledgement of primitive sources in the movement and music, caused a near-riot in the audience. Although Lebrecht Music & Arts has over 150 images about the Rite of Spring there are no photographs of the audience’s reaction. What we do have is coverage of dancers from the early performances, the stage sets and costumes. To get a flavour of the time we also have a critique from an English journal in July 1913 with the headline ‘Nijinsky ‘s revolution in choreography: the post-impressionistic & prehistoric dance….’ The New York Times’ headline in June 1913 reported ‘Parisians hiss new ballet’. And our resident artist Neale Osborne has created a drawing of how he imagined the enraged Paris audience responded.
The music and choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps has inspired future generation . Click on the image for photographs of the Kirov ballet, Pina Bausch, the Royal Ballet with Tamara Rojo, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Scala theatre costumes designs from 1972 and much more. It has also been performed in concert. Search our website for photos of the likes of conductors such as the young Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit and Simon Rattle – all grappling with this revolutionary composition.
The club audience roared with delight as Valentina Lisitsa and Milos appeared at a Yellow Lounge event at the Fabric club in the city of London last night 8 April 2013.
Instead of the usual formal concert with performers in concert dress and a generally precious atmosphere the audience at Yellow Lounge were standing and talking with drinks in hand in the darkened space of the Fabric club while the performers joked with them. Valentina Lisitsa delighted the audience by photographing them with her Blackberry and then immediately posting the photo on Twitter before sitting down and ripping through a Rachmaninov score with tremendous elan and insight.
Yellow Lounge was established seven years ago in the Berlin club scene. Its aim was to tear up the classical music rule book and and stitich it back together again fusing international musicians with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces.
Will this be the new face of classical music performances? Who knows – but the good news is that audience was thirty years younger than theusual crowd you find at a classical music event.
Rise Stevens studied at the Juilliard School working with Anna Schoen-René and in Vienna with legendary soprano Marie Gutheil-Schoder and stage director Herbert Graf. She worked with the Met in New York and one of her famous roles was as Carmen in Bizet’s opera.
Rise Stevens, in photo of her appearing in the film ‘Carnegie Hall’ made in 1947. Born in New York 11 June 1913 and died on 20 March 2013 aged 99.