Oh, Le Sacre Du Printemps! Oh, Le Sacre De Salonen!
Before Gustavo Dudamel, there was Esa-Pekka Salonen with the big baton at the L.A. Phil. And on this day, in 1913, it was an audience of Parisians who were scandalized by the raucous sounds of Igor Stravinsky's avant-garde "Le Sacre Du Printemps" ("The Rite of Spring") symphony. For your highbrow video lunch today, a clip of Salonen conducting the L.A. Phil doing "The Rite of Spring." And, for a more, err, lowbrow moment, a sped-up clip showing the fury of Salonen's conductors arms as he conducts the same piece.