Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony guide viewers through
groundbreaking works that defined an era, and reveal the secrets of their
continued emotional appeal today.
In 1913, with Europe on the brink of war, a fashionable Parisian audience
reacted with hostile frenzy to the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's new work, The
Rite of Spring. The ballet's shocking music and dance provoked a riot that
evening and soon afterwards was recognized as perhaps the most revolutionary
piece of the 20th century. It still has that reputation today.
In this DVD, Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco
Symphony take you from the salons of St. Petersburg to the villages where
Stravinsky found inspiration in the earthy power of Russian folk music and
dance. MTT then retraces Stravinsky's journey to the cultural crossroads of
per-war Paris. There, in collaboration with the great impresario Diaghilev and
his star dancer Nijinsky, Stravinsky developed the shocking, erotic, and violent
evocation of pagan Russia that became The Rite of Spring.
• Live Performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and music from The Firebird by
the San Francisco Symphony and MTT shot in high definition, presented in 16:9
widescreen and 5.1 surround sound.
• Documentary includes optional closed-caption English subtitles
• Subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese
• Region: 1
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Rite of Spring - Live performance