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

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Stravinsky: The Nightingale, etc.

Stravinsky:

The Nightingale

Philharmonia Orchestra, Robert Craft

The Rite of Spring

Olga Trífonova (soprano), Robert Tear (tenor), Pippa Longworth (soprano) & Paul Whelan (bass-baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, Robert Craft


“A long-time Stravinsky friend, aide-de-camp, and musical collaborator, Craft retains The Rite's powerful rhythmic thrust while remaining marvellously attentive to the music's ornate detail” The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Naxos - 8557501

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

A Silent Film by Oliver Hermann to the Music of Igor Stravinsky

Ariadna del Carmen, Sophie Semin, Robert Hunger-Bühler


Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps was inspired by prehistoric rituals as well as by a dance performed for the Slavic god Yarilo. Here the story is transposed to the realm of Santeria – one of the few still practiced archaic religions. The material world is represented as an emotionally impoverished big city, while the spiritual world is symbolized as a tropical island where the Santeria rituals are still practiced. The coupling of Stravinsky’s revolutionary music with the ancient rituals and symbols of the Santeria religion creates a framework for the story of three individuals, oppressed by the pressures of everyday life, who experience personal sacrifice and transformation in the course of a Santeria ceremony.

Nudity and sexual content

Recording Date: 2003
Running Time: 127 min
Picture Format: 16:9 (Extras 4:3)
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, I, SP

Best Foreign Film Award at the 2004 Beverley Hills Film Festival

“Long a party piece for Sir Simon Rattle in Birmingham, The Rite of Spring has assumed totemic status in Berlin, too. It has been deployed in an outreach community dance project as well as providing live musical accompaniment to Oliver Herrmann's experimental silent movies at the Berlin Film Festival. Herrmann fell into a diabetic coma only days before completing this defiantly oblique, postmodern artefact. Replete with visual tricks, it has garnered posthumous acclaim for a photographer and film-maker known to music lovers through his collaborations with his wife, the soprano Christine Schäfer.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2005

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Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik - 100333

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, etc.

Nielsen:

Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & The Firebird

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & The Firebird


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

1913 version

National Youth Orchestra, Simon Rattle

The Firebird

1910 version

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti


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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, etc.

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The Firebird


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Stravinsky: The Firebird and the Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Firebird and the Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

The Rite of Spring


Sony - SBK89894

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Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring


Scriabin:

Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poème de l'extase', Op. 54

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


“Valery Gergiev is the conductor to choose if it’s raw primitivism you’re after and blow the detail. There's plenty of red mist, and at times you can almost smell the sweat and tribal greasepaint, but it’s also unkempt in places and not for all moods.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2008

“it's as thrilling as anyone could have wished, a riot of rhythms and colours dispatched with a heady mixture of virtuosity and controlled savagery. The recording is astonishing, there's so much detail and a natural sense of air around everything, yet the intimate intensity of the orchestra pit is never sacrificed for the broader soundstage.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 20th November 2002

“This is probably the most extraordinary Rite ofSpring to have been dreamt up since Stravinsky's own final (and finest) 1960 recording. Stravinsky himself said, in so many words, that The Rite was born from his unconscious. And although now isn't the time or place to ponder to what extent his – and our – unconscious minds are capable (if at all) of harbouring any memories of pre-Christian ritual, suffice it so say that an exceptional performance of The Rite should at least have us thinking about it as a possibility…and about why we respond to The Rite in the way that we do.
Among modern interpreters, there isn't anyone better than Gergiev at the important dual roles of showman and shaman. So many of the score's darker workings have a striking profile here – tubas bellowing strange moans, the bass drum sending shock waves around the performance space, the lower strings in 'Spring Rounds' almost 'exhaling' their notes, and, for once, giving a proper foundation to that most significant of quiet chords – the one where the Sage kisses the earth. Indeed, 'Earth' and the 'elemental' seem not so much cultivated in this performance, as an inherent part of it.
Either Gergiev has really pondered the 'sound stuff' of the Rite, or it just comes naturally to him and his players. Though whether nature or nurture, the end results make for a marginally more compelling overall listen than all the finest recorded Rites of the last four decades. More controversial is some of the timing of 'events', especially the delay of the ascent to the final chord, though when it arrives, you wonder if its shocking make-up has ever been as effectively exposed. The delaying tactics – theatrical pauses and suspensions – proved a little more problematic in the second half of Scriabin's Poem ofEcstasy – along with Gergiev's extremes of tempo in the piece. But should one even be thinking these thoughts when offered a Poem which openly embraces the extravagant wonders of the piece as this one does? Better to marvel at all the mysterious curves, the fabulous dark rushes of sound, the celebratory splendours, and the final resolution (dissolution?) into an uncomplicated glory of C major. Here, as in The Rite, the recording is superb.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - November 2001

Philips - 4680352

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, etc.

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The Firebird Suite

1919 version


Oregon Symphony Orchestra, James DePriest

Delos - DE3278

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