This was a concert broadcast live from the Royal Festival Hall in London, in which Pierre Boulez conducts the Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus in a programme of music by Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky.
The concert is introduced by Michael Berkeley and opened "Sounding the Century", Radio 3's two-year retrospective of 20th-century music.
The programme features THE NIGHTINGALE, an exotic opera based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen which deals with the triumph of a live bird over its mechanical equivalent, and the brief but elusive piece THE KING OF THE STARS. Both of these are sung in Russian with English subtitles.
The programme concludes with a performance of the ballet score THE RITE OF SPRING.
The interval feature looks at the history of Boulez's career, including the fouding of IRCAM and his time running the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Music By: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Introduced By: Michael Berkeley
Director: Barrie Gavin
Nightingale (soprano): Ewa Malas-Godlewska
Death (alto): Helene Perraguin
Emperor (baritone): Jean-Luc Chaignaud
Cook (soprano): Wendy Hoffman
Bonze (bass): Askar Abdrazakov
Chamberlain (bass): Neal Davies
Fisherman (tenor): Wolfgang Bunten