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Igor Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Calling all classical music fans - watch the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra live from the comfort of your own home

On Air present a digital concert performance of Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka, performed by the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Peter Breinerand recorded at BBC Television Centre. 

Expertly brought to life by some of the world's most sought-after classical musicians, the ensemble comprises 86 of instruments: 51 string, 14 woodwind, 16 brass, 4 percussion and 1 piano. Available now to watch on demand in cinematic quality.

Igor Stravinsky's second complete score for the Ballets Russes which followed the success of The Firebird, Petrushka premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 1911.  His initial idea was a concert piece for piano representing ‘a puppet suddenly endowed with life, exasperating the patience of the orchestra with diabolical cascades of arpeggios’. The work and accompanying score are divided into four tableaux; The Shrovetide Fair, Petrushka's Room, The Moor's Room and The Shrovetide Fair (Toward Evening).

A cinematic live stream of the highest quality, the show is available to watch in 4K UHD with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound. Premium viewing plus an immersive audio experience you won’t forget.

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Quote from the orchestra

Ian Mackay, RPO Artistic Manager

"It was a wonderful opportunity to record the three great Stravinsky ballets and to have them presented in such an exciting and imaginative way. Working with On Air was a fantastic chance for us to continue on our journey to make orchestral music accessible for all, placing it at the heart of contemporary society."

About the orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) mission to enrich lives through orchestral experiences that are uncompromising in their excellence and inclusive in their appeal, places it at the forefront of music-making in the UK and internationally. Typically performing approximately 200 concerts a year and with a worldwide live and online audience of more than 60 million people, the Orchestra play a broad repertoire that enables it to reach the most diverse audience of any British symphony orchestra. Whilst artistic integrity remains paramount, the RPO is unafraid to push boundaries and is equally at home recording video game, film and television soundtracks and working with pop stars, as it is performing the great symphonic repertoire.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to place orchestral music at the heart of contemporary society and, through collaboration with creative partners, foster deeper engagement with communities to ensure that live orchestral music is accessible to as inclusive and diverse an audience as possible. To help achieve this, in 1993 the Orchestra launched RPO Resound, which has grown to become the most innovative and respected orchestral community and education programme in the UK and internationally. In 2024, the Orchestra will move its headquarters to Wembley Park in the London Borough of Brent; this will be the realisation of its long-held ambition to embed the Orchestra in a community, in line with its mission to be a truly inclusive and contemporary international orchestra for the modern age.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is honoured to be participating in The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and The Queen Consort at Westminster Abbey, London on Saturday 6th May 2023. Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, the Coronation Orchestra will comprise a bespoke collection of musicians drawn from orchestras of The former Prince of Wales’ Patronages, including the RPO.

Conductor Peter Breiner holding an On Air neon sign with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra behind him at the recording of the global livestream performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, Petrushka and the Rite Of Spring at BBC Television Centre

Quote from the conductor

Peter Breiner

 “One can hardly think of a better way to start an endeavour in classical music than these three Stravinsky’s major works that form a foundation of every orchestra’s repertoire. Collaboration of the brilliant RPO and top of the line producers resulted in a recording that is visually and aurally quite extraordinary.”

About the conductor

Peter Breiner

Peter Breiner is one of the world’s most recorded musicians with over 260 CDs released and millions of albums sold. A conductor, pianist, arranger and composer, he has conducted, often doubling as a pianist, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Hungarian State Radio Orchestra, the Nicolaus Esterházy Orchestra, Budapest, among many others.

Peter Breiner began to study the piano in early childhood (1961) and his exceptional artistry led to his early acceptance at the conservatory in Košice in 1971. He studied piano with L. Kojanova and composition with J. Podprocky, as well as conducting and percussion. In 1975–1981 he studied composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with Prof. Alexander Moyzes, one of the most significant figures in modern Slovak music. Peter Breiner lived in Toronto, Canada, from 1992 to 2007, when he moved to New York. During the 2020 lockdown Peter moved from New York to London and began collaborating with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conductor Peter Breiner leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the recording of the global livestream performances of Igor Stravinsky's 'The Firebird', 'Petrushka', and 'The Rite Of Spring' under red stage lighting

About the composer

Igor Stravinsky

About Igor StravinskyIgor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor who is considered one of the most influential and groundbreaking composers of the 20th century. He was born in Oranienbaum, Russia (now Lomonosov), and studied music under renowned composers such as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Stravinsky's early works, such as The Firebird and Petrushka, were highly successful and propelled him to international fame. However, it was his ballet The Rite of Spring, which premiered in Paris in 1913, that became a cultural sensation and revolutionised music composition with its innovative rhythms, harmonies, and tonality. Some of his other notable works include Symphony in Three Movements, Oedipus Rex, and The Rake's Progress.

Stravinsky's contributions to music have been recognised with numerous awards and honours, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal.

Igor Stravinsky sat at a piano with sheet music in front of him

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Performed by the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, you can buy Petrushka tickets now.

On Air have two further Igor Stravinsky compositions by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Peter Breiner available on demand - The Firebird and The Rite of Spring. We are proud to add this trio of performances to our repertoire of orchestral live concert streams on demand: Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major, Dvořak Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minorand Beethoven Symphony No. 9.

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