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Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971)

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Maazel conducts Stravinsky

Maazel conducts Stravinsky

Single release of the 60th anniversary-box


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Live recording: Munich, Herkulessaal, 17th and 18th June 1999

The Rite of Spring

Live recording: Munich, Philharmonie, 2nd and 3rd April 1998


Under Lorin Maazel, who held the Chief Conductor position from 1993 to 2002, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks reached a new level of performance culture, precision and flexibility. Like no other conductor, Maazel is capable of masterfully handling large-dimensioned works and performing music tightly packed with emotional content clear-headedly to make its effect even greater. The works on this CD mark two key moments in Stravinsky’s development as a composer during the period before the First World War.

The ballet music for L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird) contains many of the attributes that had made the Sacre such a scandalous avant-garde event in the Paris of 1913: unprecedented sound colours, rapidly changing rhythms, orgiastic climaxes and an exotic subject matter. Lorin Maazel and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – a dream combination for Stravinsky’s sensuous and rhythmically irresistible ballet works.

Individual release from the successful anniversary box of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Two of Igor Stravinsky’s most popular works.

Highly virtuosic orchestral works in which Maazel’s conducting expertise comes most impressively to the fore.

“Unlike some recordings originally destined for radio broadcast, the sound here is very good indeed. There is clarity and a naturalness (for CD) that conveys both the breadth of the orchestral palette and a sense of occasion. The delicacy of the hushed textures in the opening of Part 2 is magical, and a fitting tribute to the best of Lorin Maazel's work with the orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ***

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BR Klassik Archive - 900706

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Mariss Jansons conducts Stravinsky and Mussorgsky

Mariss Jansons conducts Stravinsky and Mussorgsky


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel. Live Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal der Residenz, 13. / 14. November 2014

Stravinsky:

Petrushka (1947 version)

Live-Recording, Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig, 14.-17.04.2015


Two well-known masterpieces of Russian music complement each other perfectly on the latest CD of Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Firstly, Stravinsky's ballet music "Petrushka" in its 1947 version which, with its smaller orchestra and more prominent piano part (played by Lukas Maria Kuen), is more of an instrumental work, or "a kind of concert piece"; and secondly, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Originally written in 1874 as a piano cycle, it can be heard here in the colourful, universal and engaging orchestral version of 1922 by Maurice Ravel, which made it world-famous.

The recordings were made in November 2014 (Mussorgsky) and April 2015 (Stravinsky) at concerts in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz and in the Philharmonie im Gasteig.

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