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

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Stravinsky: Petrushka, Le sacre du printemps, Eight Instrumental Miniatures & Circus Polka

Stravinsky: Petrushka, Le sacre du printemps, Eight Instrumental Miniatures & Circus Polka


Stravinsky:

Petrushka (1947 version)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Instrumental Miniatures (8)

Los Angeles Chamber Ensemble

Circus Polka

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra


Zubin Mehta’s Decca legacy has extensively been mined by Eloquence and the latest release in this on-going exploration brings together all of his Stravinsky recordings for Decca on one CD for the first time. As one might expect, they are technicolour, sharply-etched performances (from Los Angeles) of two of Stravinsky’s greatest ballet scores – Le sacre du printemps and Petrushka, as well as the cheeky Circus Polka, and, with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (made up of LAPO members) the rarer Eight Instrumental Miniatures. The recording is issued in time for the centenary of the scandalous premiere (May 1913) of Le sacre.

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Igor Stravinsky.... Conducts

Igor Stravinsky.... Conducts


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Recorded in 1960

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

The Firebird

Recorded in 1967

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

Recorded in 1940

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York

The Firebird

Recorded in 1946

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York


Released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 'The Rite of Spring' (Le Sacre du Printemps) & is an important historical document of Stravinsky conducting his own iconic works. CD1 featuring the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, includes 'Le Sacre du Printemps' recorded in 1960 & 'L'Oiseau de Feu' recorded in 1967. CD2 featuring the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, includes 'Le Sacre du Printemps' recorded in 1940 & 'L'Oiseau de Feu' recorded in 1946.

“The composer's blistering 1960 account of The Rite of Spring still startles.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

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Sony - 88765442692

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Stravinsky & Sibelius

Leonard Bernstein conducts Stravinsky & Sibelius

Fairfield Halls, Croydon, London, 27 November 1966


Sibelius:

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Humphrey Burton interviews Leonard Bernstein (BONUS)

LONDON, NOVEMBER 1966


‘Luckily for all of us, it wasn’t enough for Leonard Bernstein to compose music and conduct orchestras. He felt equally compelled to talk about music – to try and explain what made it tick, what made it good, and what made it affect us in all the ways that music does. The other piece of good luck was that Leonard Bernstein and television came along at the same time. They were born for each other.’ (Jamie Bernstein)

The films on this DVD are taken from the ‘Symphonic Twilight’ series of TV programmes made in the mid-Sixties that were the brainchild of Humphrey Burton, then the newly appointed Head of Music and Arts Programmes for the BBC.

In his booklet notes for this DVD, Burton reveals himself to have been instrumental in bringing Bernstein the conductor to the wider British public, who knew him foremost as the composer of West Side Story. In 1965 Burton persuaded Bernstein to conduct the LSO at the Royal Albert Hall and the resulting Mahler 8 was a spectacular occasion, broadcast to the nation.

The following year, they put together these programmes, filmed specifically for the new television audience. The works Bernstein chose to record are twentieth-century orchestral masterpieces, for which he is known to be a champion. His recordings of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony for CBS Records and Deutsche Grammophon were acclaimed by critics worldwide, and his interpretation of The Rite of Spring in 1959 elicited an enthusiastic ‘Wow!’ from Stravinsky himself! They are accompanied on this DVD by an in-depth interview, given here as a bonus and subtitled in French and German.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono

DVD format: NTSC

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 83’

Subtitles: F/G

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

“Thrilling performances from 1966. The Rite generates tremendous tension, while the Sibelius is liked for drama and lyricism. No wonder Bernstein starts as Jekyll and finishes looking like Hyde.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Firebird Suite

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Firebird Suite


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The Firebird Suite

Scherzo a la Russe

Symphonic Version

Tango No. 72

Orchestral Version (1940). Orchestration by Felix Guenther, approved by Stravinsky and first performed by Benny Goodman


“A fascinating chance to compare a composer's own interpretation with a brilliant newcomer. Ivan Fischer's new Rite of Spring is lean and hungry, razor-sharp and matches his description of it: "fresh, pagan, scary, new and beautiful"...Quite deliberate in places (Spring Rounds is surely too slow) it is full of piercing, unfamiliar detail and accumulates tremendous weight.” The Observer, 22nd January 2012

“The Rite of Spring remains a seismic event in the history of music, still astounding in a performance as gripping and as powerful as this live account by Fischer’s BFO. These Hungarians manage the remarkable feat of making this familiar music sound ever fresh and new — I love Fischer’s chamber-music textures in Dances of the Adolescent Girls, and his Dance of the Earth sounds positively volcanic.” Sunday Times, 19th February 2012

“This is one of the earthiest, most pagan accounts of the ballet around. It’s also one of the most carefully considered whenever Stravinsky writes in a slow tempo...Whenever the music jerks into high gear — the notes cascading, polyrhythms jabbing — the contrast is doubly thrilling.” The Times, 24th February 2012 ****

“Fischer and his Budapest forces possess the right ingredients: the orchestra is well drilled in an interpretation that's as straight as a Roman road; its strings are searing, and brass and wooodwind play in the clipped manner favoured by Stravinsky. In short, it's what the composer said he wanted from a performance of this music. The problem is that Stravinsky did not practise what he preached.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 **

“Fischer's The Rite of Spring is sensual and revealing...There's a elasticity to Fischer's conducting that keeps Stravinsky's score pliable...In a word, this is a 'musical' performance, one where every note seems an inevitable outgrowth of its predecessor. It's not the most viscerally exciting version on disc...[but it] avoids what Stravinsky himself labelled self-glorification.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

GGramophone Awards 2012

Finalist - Orchestral

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Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky

Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky

1940 & 1946 Recordings


Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka - suite


Philharmonic-Symphony of New York, Igor Stravinsky

Mark Obert-Thorn, producer and audio restoration engineer

This programme brings together the three great ballets which Stravinsky composed for Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev. These vibrantly atmospheric scores were all revised after their Parisian premières, and the 1945 version of the Firebird Suite was still brand new at the time of this recording. In what are widely considered to be the best of his commercial recordings of these works, Stravinsky the conductor brings out the expressive and vividly incisive rhythmic strengths of the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York.

Producer’s Note:

Igor Stravinsky made three sets of commercial recordings of his three great early ballet scores. The first was made in the late 1920s with rather ragged-sounding French and British ensembles and less conducting experience on the composer’s part. The last set was made in stereo in the early 1960s with a pick-up orchestra of Los Angeles musicians at a time when the conductor was at an advanced age. The present series, made midway between the other two, is generally considered his best. It features an ensemble of high quality (Barbirolli’s New York Philharmonic), and the composer is on his best podium form. These are generally considered to be the best of Igor Stravinsky’s own recorded versions of his great ballets. Collectors will want these historically significant audio documents in the most detailed sound possible, and renowned technician Mark Obert-Thorn’s tremendous work in audio restoration means this is exactly what they will find with this release.

“they certainly are exciting, not least because you sense the virtuosos of their day still struggling to master incredibly demanding new music. Forget the recording quality and revel in the rhythmic pungency.” The Times, 25th February 2012 ***

“Invaluable new transfers of Stravinsky on top form as a conductor. This electrifying performance is the finest of his Rite of Spring recordings, and the 1945 Firebird Suite is gripping.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 *****

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka Ballet Suite

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka Ballet Suite


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka (1947 version)


Alto - ALC1131

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Rite

Rite


Revueltas:

La noche de los Mayas

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Gustavo Dudamel elicits high octane playing from his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in these two full-frontal force orchestral pieces. Both Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Revueltas’s La noche de los Mayas are revealed as models of revolutionary music making.

In Le Sacre du Printemps, Stravinsky transformed painter Nicholas Roerich’s fleeting vision of a pagan ritual in which a young girl dances herself to death as a sacrifice to the god of Spring into a musical simulation of barbaric primality.

La noche de los Mayas, originally scored for a 1939 film, is one of Mexico’s musical treasures. This concert suite, edited by José Ives Limantour, dating to 1961, evokes a mystical lost world.

“Dudamel adopts a romantic view of the 20th-century landmark...[in La Noche de los Mayas] Dudamel hustles his young charges through juggernaut drumming, craggy chords and sassy melodies of a kind Copland mimicked in El Salón México.” The Times, 4th June 2010

“The Venezuelan players are well drilled. In Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring they play with drive and force; they follow the contours of the music; they do the things that the score implies. They are impressive in the visceral climaxes and propulsive rhythms...if Revueltas is a passion, the CD is a must.” The Telegraph, 13th June 2010 ***

“...a Rite that develops thrilling momentum twice over, fast but without haste. It's the outcome of well-judged pacing and an awareness that extremes of pace and weight have to be kept for real climaxes...Details are fine, unexaggerated, and they add up...Astonishing playing; astonishing music.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 *****

“...the verve of these performers is quite incredible. But can they convincingly handle The Rite, with its batty accelarations and daringly skewed rhythmic idiosyncracies? Happily, the answer is resoundingly positive throughout. Alongside the gusto and through the joie de vivre of this orchestra, they are truly microscopic in their detail.” Daniel Ross, bbc.co.uk, 7th June 2010

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Stravinsky - The Ballets

Stravinsky - The Ballets


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka

The Firebird

Apollon musagète


The Ballet Edition is a series of 2 CD sets drawn from the catalogues of EMI Classics, presenting the best-loved and most popular ballets, performed by the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

“Vital and colourful recordings from the 1980s, when Simon Rattle was at the height of his powers with the CBSO.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 ****

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Recommendation available on double CD set - November 2014

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Symphonies of Wind Instruments


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Decca - 4142022

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Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain, etc.

Bartók:

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (suite)

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

(original version)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

(1947 version)


“I'm not sure… that I've ever heard so much of the Rite's instrumental detail revealed so intricately: the interweaving woodwind of the introduction are exquisitely, indeed eerily sifted, and even in the biggest climaxes there is unusual clarity of texture. The couplings are also attractive - swirling, intermittently thunderous renditions of Musorgsky's original version of Night on the Bare Mountain and the concert suite from Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin ballet...” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 ****

“If you only know [Night on the Bare Mountain] in the version revised and arranged by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, then Mussorgsky's original version, as performed here by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, will be full of surprises, as it's an almost entirely different piece! At an electrifyingly breakneck pace, Salonen brings out all the raw power of Mussorgsky's original, with brooding brass and menacing strings.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, October 2014

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