Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz (conductor)
Seattle Symphony Collection. Paris was one of the great centres of European art, and Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballet russes brought to the city a succession of epoch-shattering productions that revolutionised ballet. Whilst composing The Rite of Spring for Diaghilev, Stravinsky broke off its composition to write Petrushka, the story of a puppet suddenly brought to life. Choreography was by Fokin and Nijinsky danced the title role. It remains one of the 20th Century's greatest ballets. Using music from Acts I and II of his opera Le Rossignol, Stravinsky's The Song of the Nightingale - based on his opera The Nightingale - is a brilliantly orchestrated choreographic poem, richly evoking Chinese music and the allure of the Orient.
Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 Version), The Song of the Nightingale
Running Time: 57 min