Stravinsky's score for The Firebird proved to be his breakthrough work, described as nothing less than 'a work of genius' by Rachmaninov

The Firebird was revolutionary in many aspects, thanks to its fearless exploration of orchestral colours and effects. Alongside complex choreography, it featured a ballerina in the titular role, who – quite unlike the more typical, graceful female characters of the day – was strong, rebellious and powerful.

Preceding this work is Tan Dun’s explosive Violin Concerto: Fire Ritual – A Musical Ritual for Victims of War. Featuring Eldbjørg Hemsing, for whom the piece was written, it is constructed as a dialogue between humanity and nature, to acknowledge conflicts of the past and present, and to work towards peace.