Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps)

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Stravinsky: Le sacre du Printemps & Petrushka

Stravinsky: Le sacre du Printemps & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

1921 version

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Petrushka (1911 version)

FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON CD

Thomas Rajna (piano)

New Philharmonia Orchestra


Stravinsky began work on Petrushka in the summer of 1910, shortly after the successful première of his first ballet, The Firebird. Like The Firebird, and The Rite of Spring which came later, Petrushka was written for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The choreographer was Mikhail Fokine, and the title role was danced by the mercurial Vaslav Nijinsky. Nijinsky was also involved with this production of Rite, but as the choreographer rather than dancer. The choreography, in keeping with the ballet’s subject matter and the composer’s use of dissonance and complex rhythms, made a complete break with tradition. Looking back on the tumultuous première, Stravinsky described the curtain as rising on ‘rows of knock-kneed Lolitas’. The first performance, which took place on 29 May 1913, was of course one of the most famous scandals in musical history.

Both of the Stravinsky ballet scores here recorded by Erich Leinsdorf in the 1970s were released on Decca’s then super-sonic Phase 4 imprint. Decca’s lurid cover for Petrushka caused a stir and is reproduced here on this Eloquence reissue – the first release on Decca CD. Thomas Rajna, solo pianist for the Petrushka recordings, has contributed his own reminiscences for this release.

“always interesting, sympathetic and never forced […] and an excellent contribution from Thomas Rajna at the piano” Gramophone Magazine, March 1971 (Petrushka)

“by no means inconsiderable as a performance, and often very clearly recorded” Gramophone Magazine, October 1975 (Le Sacre du printemps)

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sol Gabetta (cello)

Ligeti:

Atmosphères

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1


The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the final great work of the composer. “Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” (Gramophone). The orchestra and conductor also performed the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin, György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound.

Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell.

In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure. “The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Cross-promotion with Sony’s Sol Gabetta album (Martinů: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Elgar Cello Concerto), which is also to be released on Nov 4, 2016. The Elgar Cello Concerto album audio is identical with the audio on the DVD and as it was also taken from the Baden-Baden live recording.

DVD Picture: 16:9 – NTSC

DVD Sound: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Language/subtitles: N/A

DVD box lot: 25

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 94 mins

Production year: 2014

Guide PPD: 14,00 EUR

Released or re-released in last 6 months

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EuroArts - 8024259968

(DVD Video)

$15.50

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Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sol Gabetta (cello)

Ligeti:

Atmosphères

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1


The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the final great work of the composer. “Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” (Gramophone). The orchestra and conductor also performed the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin, György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound.

Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell.

In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure. “The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Cross-promotion with Sony’s Sol Gabetta album (Martinů: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Elgar Cello Concerto), which is also to be released on Nov 4, 2016. The Elgar Cello Concerto album audio is identical with the audio on the DVD and as it was also taken from the Baden-Baden live recording.

BD Picture: 1080/60i-Full HD-16:9

BD Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Language/subtitles: N/A

BD box lot: 35

Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)

Running time: 94 mins

Production year: 2014

Guide PPD: 15,00 EUR

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EuroArts - 8024259964

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Stravinsky: Petrushka & Le Sacre du Printemps

Stravinsky: Petrushka & Le Sacre du Printemps


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

Julius Katchen (piano)

The Rite of Spring


There can be few, if any, musicians this century who have conducted as many illustrious and notorious premieres Pierre Monteux. As conductor of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes from 1911 to 1914 he led the first performances of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (1912), Debussy’s Jeux (1913) and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (1914), as well as the two works recorded here.

Monteux’s Petrushka was captured on disc three times (all in the 1911 version), and his affection for the work is obvious in this 1956 recording. He brought to the score his own characteristic blend of textual fidelity, clarity and effervescence.

Even more closely associated with Monteux is Le Sacre du Printemps. As well as the riotous premiere on 29 May 1913 (just two weeks after that of Jeux), he conducted the first UK and Dutch performances, and the hugely successful Paris concert premiere in April 1914. Stravinsky described this occasion as ‘a triumph such as few composers can have known the like … the musical realisation was ideal … I came on the stage and hugged Monteux, who was a river of perspiration: it was the saltiest hug of my life.’ This was the last of Monteux’s five recordings of the piece and his only one in stereo.

“It goes without saying the Monteux’s performance is magnificent. He gharges the score with drama without ever hurrying on bullying the music. In some way the recording seems to match the performance, for it is superbly natural” Gramophone Magazine, December 1957 (Petrushka)

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & The Firebird (Suite 1919)

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & The Firebird (Suite 1919)


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The Firebird Suite


All Igor Stravinsky needed to establish his worldwide reputation were three ballet works, composed in Paris between 1910 and 1913: L’Oiseau de Feu, Petrushka and Le Sacre du Printemps. It was in this period that the impresario Serge Diaghilev brought his Ballets Russes to Paris and invited the very best dancers, painters, choreographers and composers to work with his ensemble. After Diaghilev heard Stravinsky’s Feu d’Artifice in St. Petersburg and immediately recognised the potential of the music for ballet purposes, he commissioned Stravinsky to write the L’Oiseau de Feu. Its premiere at the Paris Opera was an enormous success and marked the beginning of the spectacular collaboration between Stravinsky and Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, which brought forth Petrushka and Le Sacre du Printemps.

This album combines the Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) and the 1919 L’Oiseau de Feu, (The Firebird Suite). The Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-infonieorchester), one of the first radio symphony orchestras in Germany, founded in 1929, is under the direction of its Chief Conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, he is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation, currently holding not only the position of Chief Conductor in Frankfurt, but also the position of Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Those allergic to this score will find the decidedly Gallic results something of a revelation, the bejewelled textures of Ravel never far away. Those who think they've heard it all before should think again.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

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Pentatone - PTC5186556

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Pierre Boulez conducts Stravinsky

Pierre Boulez conducts Stravinsky


Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Petrushka (1911 version)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

The Cleveland Orchestra


With the incredibly sad news in January 2016 of the passing of the great conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, Sony Classical UK is re-releasing this 2CD budget set featuring Boulez conducting three of Igor Stravinsky’s most well-loved works, Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), and music from L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), and Petrushka. This collection, originally released in 2013, contains recordings of Boulez conducting three world-renowned orchestras he headed during his career, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Sony Classical Masters - 88697714372

(CD - 2 discs)

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps & Le Roi des Étoiles

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps & Le Roi des Étoiles


Stravinsky:

Zvezdolikiy

The Rite of Spring


According to the official police report, 27 people were injured and the distinguished Théâtre des Champs-Elysées was almost completely ruined. This was the result of the tumultuous 1913 première of Le Sacre du printemps for which ballet impresario Sergej Djagilev commissioned Igor Stravinsky to write for his Ballets Russes. The audience was shocked by Stravinsky’s barbaric and savage music and Nijinsky’s revolutionary choreography.

However, it didn’t take more than three performances to turn Le Sacre du printemps into a huge success and not more than a year for Stravinsky to become a highly respected composer in Paris. A century later, it is clear that Stravinsky is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and his Le sacre du printemps a benchmark composition in Western music.

While working on Le sacre du printemps, Stravinsky also wrote a cantata for male choir and orchestra entitled Le roi des étoiles (Zvezdóliki), based on a poem by symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont and dedicated to Claude Debussy. Musicologists have interpreted the work as a kind of Christian counterpoint to the pagan images of Russia in Sacre.

This Super Audio CD combines these two fascinating Stravinsky compositions, recorded in 1972 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Men’s Chorus Of The New England Conservatory Choir (track 1) and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. As with all releases in PENTATONE’s REMASTERED CLASSICS series, these 1972 quadraphonic recording tapes are now finally presented in the quality they deserved right from the start.

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Pentatone Remastered Classics - PTC5186225

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


Destined to become one of the ultimate reference recordings of Stravinsky’s iconic work, Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna give the Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) the authentic Russian treatment - stripping back the Western European symphonic traditions of the past century, to return to the intended Russian folk origins of the piece. The musicians used scatting and singing in order to practice the rhythms and phrasing of the folk tunes entailed in Le Sacre. Le Sacre du Printemps is also a landmark piece in Currentzis’ professional career, having had his first success in Russia with the work in 2002 in Moscow.

Since the founding of MusicAeterna, Currentzis and the ensemble have brought their decisive interpretation of Le Sacre du Printemps to Western European audiences several times. Most notable has been the recent collaboration with Italian director Romeo Castellucci on his re-imagining of the staged work using machines to blast 6 tonnes of bone dust, which débuted at the 2014 Ruhrtriennale Festival in Germany, using this current recording of the work.

“The Introduction is entrancing...It’s pulsating, yet rhythmically crisp...Tam-tams in ‘The Dance of the Earth’ almost leap out from the speakers. It’s not all about power and speed...But when Currentzis asks his orchestra to let rip, they do so with savage abandon.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - January 2016

Sony - 88875061412

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Transcriptions for Two Pianists

Transcriptions for Two Pianists


Bartók:

Two Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

Transcription for two pianos by Zoltán Kocsis

Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Transcription for two pianos by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Transcription for piano four hands by Igor Stravinsky


These two-piano transcriptions played by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy renew our experience of three great orchestral works, each of which was premiered in 1913.

Bavouzet’s version of Jeux is, like any fine transcription, far more than a memento of the original. Not only the trills and tremolandos needed on the piano to maintain sustained notes and chords, but also the interplay between the pianists, lines and motifs bouncing between them, become active participants in an intimate music of undulant ambiguity, dream, and darkness.

‘In Full Flower’, the first of the Two Pictures by Bartók, is often taken as his most Debussian composition thanks to his exploration of new scales and harmonic worlds. However, in bringing out its luxuriant and blossoming Hungarian aspects, Zoltán Kocsis emphasises rather its fully Bartókian character, which Bavouzet has conveyed to wide critical praise. The two ‘pictures’ here provide a route from Debussy’s world of erotic reverie to Stravinsky’s of ancient ritual. The thundering and the bells of the two pianos in full and accurate fury make this version of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps hardly less forceful in the hands of these two dazzling and virtuosic pianists.

“Bavouzet and his well-matched partner, François-Fréderic Guy, play with nimble grace, capturing the works wit and mystery. This gripping album is dedicated to Pierre Boulez, guru and enabler, for his 90th birthday.” The Observer, 14th June 2015 ****

“The programme works brilliantly, allowing us to hear the music as the composers did when they worked on these masterpieces and, in the case of the Rite, in the form in which it was most often played in the years after the premiere. Any losses in orchestral palette are compensated for by the clarity and wide range of colours at the pianists’ disposal.” Sunday Times, 7th June 2015

“Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy get every subtle detail in place.” Financial Times, 20th June 2015

“Fabulous playing from a pair of completely on-form pianists, which lends The Rite of Spring’s rhythmic themes a quite thrilling intensity.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2015

Chandos - CHAN10863

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Stravinsky: Sacre x 2

Stravinsky: Sacre x 2


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

(original 1913 version)

The Rite of Spring

(1967 concert version)


For the first time, a recording based entirely on the composer’s autograph score: Stravinsky’s landmark work as it might have been heard on May 29, 1913.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s landmark ballet ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’, David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich recorded two different versions of this milestone work.

This release includes both Stravinsky’s original version which famously caused one of the biggest scandals in music history, as well as the version later revised by the composer in 1967.

The original version was reconsutrcted from Stravinsky’s autograph score of the work. The autograph score is hold by the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland.

About David Zinman:

Even in his 77th year, David Zinman’s enthusiasm for new music, fresh ideas and original ways of making classical music more accessible is always at the forefront of his mind. As a music director, he has raised the standard of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra to an international level. His recordings for Arte Nova of the complete Beethoven symphonies were internationally acclaimed by critics. He has introduced new types of concerts, and made the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich one of the most enviable organizations to be part of. For Arte Nova/RCA Red Seal David Zinman has recorded highly acclaimed complete symphonic cycles from composers such as Beethoven, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss.

“This beautifully documented and generally fascinating release presents not one but two performances of The Rite of Spring…Zinman emphasizes subtleties of orchestral colour and takes great care to evoke atmosphere rather than relying on brute force…these enthralling new discs give us something different. They deserve to be listened to and studied with the closest attention.” International Record Review, March 2015

“The performances are in the Monteux tradition: not the most virtuosic, but theatrically paced and transparent, captured in brilliant sound.” Sunday Times, 1st February 2015

“Zinman doesn’t attempt to recreate [the] original sound world; his performances are concerned with textual and performance details. What he’s produced is in a sense a variorum edition, which compares Stravinsky’s first and last thoughts on his most celebrated work...Taken together...they offer a fascinating perspective on the greatest of all icons of musical modernism.” The Guardian, 28th January 2015 ****

RCA - 88843095462

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