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BRETT RYDER

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring is the last of the trilogy of orchestral ballets on Russian themes that Stravinsky composed for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. It depicts a solemn pagan rite: wise elders, seated in a circle, watching a young girl dance herself to death, sacrificing her to regain the favour of the god of spring