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The Rite of Spring
Symphony No.5
London Symphony Orchestra
Humphrey Burton interviews Leonard Bernstein (BONUS)

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These sensational accounts of The Rite of Spring and Sibelius’s Symphony No.5 were filmed for the BBC’s historic Symphonic Twilight series, which introduced the British public to Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying conducting. In performances that are thrilling and energetic, but also subtle and sensitive, Bernstein demonstrates his supreme understanding of these twentieth-century masterworks.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historical performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

The first track on this DVD is a brief introduction to ICA Classics.

ICAD 5082

1 Introduction to ICA Classics 2.30




The Rite of Spring

(Le Sacre du printemps · Das Frühlingsopfer)

© 1912, 1921 by Hawkes & Son (London) Ltd


Part I: The Adoration of the Earth

Première Partie : L’Adoration de la terre · Erster Teil: Die Anbetung der Erde

2 I Introduction                                                        3.58

3 II The Augurs of Spring – Dances of the Young Girls     3.14

(Les Augures printaniers – Danses des adolescentes

Vorboten des Frühlings – Tänze der jungen Mädchen)

4 III Ritual of Abduction (Jeu du rapt · Spiel der Entführung) 1.13

5 IV Spring Rounds (Rondes printanières · Frühlingsreigen)         3.27

6 V Ritual of the Rival Tribes (Jeux des cités rivales · Spiele der feindlichen Stämme) 1.46

7 VI Procession of the Sage (Cortège du sage · Prozession des Weisen) 0.57

8 VII The Sage – Dance of the Earth                            1.42

(Le Sage – Danse de la terre · Der Weise – Tanz der Erde)


Part II: The Sacrifice

Deuxième Partie : Le Sacrifice · Zweiter Teil: Das Opfer

9 I Introduction                                                        4.56

10 II Mystic Circles of the Young Girls                          3.04

(Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes · Mystischer Reigen der jungen Mädchen)

11 III Glorification of the Chosen One                          1.31

(Glorification de l’Élue · Verherrlichung der Auserwählten)

12 IV Evocation of the Ancestors (Évocation des ancêtres · Anrufung der Ältesten) 0.49

13 V Ritual Action of the Ancestors                              3.12

(Action rituelle des ancêtres · Weihvolle Handlung der Ältesten)

14 VI Sacrificial Dance: The Chosen One                       6.11

(Danse sacrale : l’Élue · Opfertanz: Die Auserwählte)


Executive Producer: Humphrey Burton

Producer: Brian Large

Recorded: Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 27 November 1966

Broadcast: The Symphonic Twilight, 22 January 1967

© BBC 1966



Symphony No.5 in E flat major op.82

© Editions Wilhelm Hansen AS


15 I Tempo molto moderato – Allegro moderato – Presto         14.10

16 II Andante mosso, quasi allegretto                          9.26

17 III Allegro molto – Un pochinetto largamente            10.32


Executive Producer: Humphrey Burton

Producer: Brian Large

Recorded: Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 27 November 1966

Broadcast: The Symphonic Twilight, 15 January 1967

© BBC 1966


London Symphony Orchestra

Leader: John Georgiadis




Leonard Bernstein in conversation with Humphrey Burton

18 Bernstein on Sibelius’s Symphony No.5 4.33

19 Bernstein on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring 8.07

Recorded: London, November 1966


Due to technical constraints, a short section of the interview with Leonard Bernstein on

Sibelius has been edited out. The full unedited version is on

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Martin Kendrick

“Watching Bernstein – he’s in the picture most of the time – may be too distracting for some but his changing expressions and hip-swaying dances are surely an integral part of the show... Truly great performances; Bernstein at his magnetic best.”

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    • Leonard Bernstein DVD awarded Diapason d’Or
      We are delighted to announce that our DVD of Leonard Bernstein conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius's Symphony No.5 and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring has been awarded a Diapason d’Or Award by French magazine Diapason.