Spring Sacrifice

Grieghall Edvard Griegs plass 1, 5015 Bergen Wednesday October 06 2021, 19:30

6th October, 19.30, Grieghallen

Due to a strike in the cultural sector from 3rd September, this concert must unfortunately be canceled. Everyone who has a ticket will be contacted.

Edward Gardner, some of Igor Stravinsky’s most famous works – the mighty Symphony of Psalms and the once scandalous ballet Spring Sacrifice. In 2021, it is fifty years since Igor Stravinsky died in New York. He was one of the most important and influential composers of the twentieth century. At the concert, two of his greatest works will be performed, and will begin with two short religious choral works performed by the Edvard Grieg Choir and Bergen Philharmonic Choir a cappella.

Although Stravinsky was raised in the Russian Orthodox faith, it took him a long time to write religious music. Only in 1930, perhaps influenced by guilt for his own deeds, he did compose The Symphony of Psalms, a powerful and sacred choral symphony in three movements.

His groundbreaking Spring Sacrifice created shock waves when the ballet was first staged in Paris in 1913. Both Nijinski’s choreography and Stravinsky’s music broke with all established norms, and the scandal was a fact when the dancers did not keep up. Today, the music is safely established in the repertoire, still as a fresh and innovative concert piece.

Edward Gardner, conductor
Edvard Grieg Choir
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Håkon Matti Skrede, choirmaster
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky:
-Ave Maria,
-Pater Noster,
-The Symphony of Psalms
-Spring sacrifice