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

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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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Fantasia

Fantasia

Remastered Original Soundtrack Edition


Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Ponchielli:

Dance of the Hours (from La Gioconda)

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a


Buena Vista Records - 600077

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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100, etc.

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


“Karajan's 1968 Prokofiev Fifth is a great performance.
Whenever one compares it with later versions inevitably the DG account holds its place at the top of the list. The analogue recording was uncommonly good for its time.
With the advantage of the Jesus-Christus Kirche acoustics, the sound is full and spacious, naturally defined and balanced; there's a slightly leonine quality to the strings and a natural bloom on woodwind and brass. Karajan lived with the work for a decade before he recorded it and this is immediately apparent in the way the first movement unfolds so inevitably.
The ironic opening of the Scherzo with its flawless BPO articulation brings a splendid but unexaggerated bite, and in the more lyrical central section every subtle detail of colour comes over. The passionate string threnody of the Adagio (what playing, what intensity!) is superbly underpinned by darker wind murmurings; the tangibly hushed close leads naturally to the mellower opening of the essentially upbeat finale with its throbbing horns and instant echoes of Romeo and Juliet.
Karajan's Rite of Spring came a decade later and is more controversial. Stravinsky had been sarcastically scathing about the conductor's earlier 1964 account, even describing one section as 'tempo di hoochie-koochie'. So, Karajan let the work rest, and when he re-recorded it in January 1977 it was done in one single uninterrupted take.
The result has less visceral excitement than some but it's still very rewarding, combining both the symphonic and balletic aspects of this extraordinary score, with the BPO providing much sheer beauty of sound, as in the ravishing melancholy of the opening of Part II and the haunting 'Evocation des ancêtres', although other versions find more pungent drama when the horns enter later.
The Philharmonie sound is excellent and both CD transfers are expertly managed to retain the full character of the originals.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

DG Originals - 4636132

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Stravinsky: Ballet Music

Stravinsky: Ballet Music


Stravinsky:

Petrushka - suite

The Rite of Spring

Les Noces

Doris Rossiaud (piano)

The Firebird


Decca - E4434672

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Stravinsky Ballets

Stravinsky Ballets


Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Jeu de cartes

Pulcinella

Ballet (Complete)

The Rite of Spring

(1947 version)

Petrushka (1911 version)


Building a Library

First Choice - October 2002

DG 2CD - 4530852

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Stravinsky: Petrouchka & The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: Petrouchka & The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

Petrushka (1947 version)

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

Études (4) for orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra


Presto CD

Mercury Living Presence - 4343312

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Stravinsky - The Great Ballets

Stravinsky - The Great Ballets


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

The Firebird

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Petrushka

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Apollon musagète

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch


Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Decca Duo - 4383502

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Stravinsky - Ballets

Stravinsky - Ballets


Stravinsky:

Petrushka (1947 version)

The Rite of Spring

1947 version

The Firebird Suite

Jeu de cartes

Apollon musagète

1947 version


Royal Concergebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

“This is a great little set, coupling a ravishing Apollon musagète with a truly stunning Rite ofSpring. The Petrushka is equally fine. The fact that Stravinsky's revision of Apollon dispensed with 'half the woodwind, two of the three harps, glockenspiel and celesta from the original scoring' hardly constitutes the bleaching process that a less colour-sensitive performance might have allowed. Part of the effect comes from a remarkably fine recording where clarity and tonal bloom are complementary, but Chailly must take the credit for laying all Stravinsky's cards on the table rather than holding this or that detail to his chest. Everything tells, much as it does in the Scherzo fantastique – whether the euphonious winds and brass at 3'52", the motorised repeated notes later on or the ornamental swirlings that, in stylistic terms, dance us all the way from Rimsky's Arabian Nights to the unmistakably Russian world of The Firebird.
Apollon musagète is something else again, and Chailly takes the lyrical line, pointing without punching and allowing his excellent strings their head. The coda is jaunty, the 'Apothéose' suitably mysterious, and 'Variation d'Apollon' features fine solo work from the orchestra's leader, Jaap van Zweden. Viable alternatives include leaner, more ascetic readings, but Chailly balances gracefulness with tonal substance and the sound is glorious.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for two pianos

Petrushka

version for two pianos


Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg set new standards in the high art, often too little appreciated, of the duo on one or two pianos. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, they are the constantly returning guests of top orchestras, festivals and concert organizers. Press reviews acclaim the Israeli artists for their consummate technical mastery, highly versatile and nuanced playing and exceptional sensitivity.

Silver and Garburg capture the playful character of the piano writing, the interplay of impulse and intensity. Nor is this superficial showmanship or mechanical interaction - rather, it is an organic and natural blending of the voices and a profound understanding of the work that determines the performance of the two exponents.

With their new recording of two highly virtuosic works by Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps and Petrushka, the two artists have met a formidable challenge. Stravinsky, who arranged this ballet music both for orchestra and for four hands, makes great demands of his pianists. In particular, their interpretation must always stand comparison with the orchestral version.

Nor is that all. Stravinsky’s works make the utmost demands of the instrument and of the artist: rich in contrast and colour, rhythmically vivid and complex, his music demands power and highly nuanced playing concentrated into a small area. This is a task that the pianist pair tackle with remarkable mastery. They unlock from the piano the timbres of an orchestra and the rhythms of a percussion kit and do it in a way that creates the impression only one person is playing.

Silver-Garburg were well on the way to promising solo careers when they paired up first privately and then at the piano. They relish the constant contrast between recitals as a duo and orchestral concerts, between intimate pieces that call upon them as a unity, works conceived as dialogue, and those in which they sit at two pianos and summon up the massed power of a full orchestra. “It’s easy for a piano duo to create effects with sheer virtuosity. But we find that far too little. We want the listeners to be touched by our music to the depths of their heart.”

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Berlin Classics - 0300588BC

(CD)

$17.25

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Scheduled for release on 14 August 2015. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available. (Available now to download.)

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka - Vinyl Edition

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka - Vinyl Edition


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for two pianos

Petrushka

version for two pianos


Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg set new standards in the high art, often too little appreciated, of the duo on one or two pianos: acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, they are the constantly returning guests of top orchestras, festivals and concert organizers. Press reviews acclaim the Israeli artists for their consummate technical mastery, highly versatile and nuanced playing and exceptional sensitivity. Silver and Garburg capture the playful character of the piano writing, the interplay of impulse and intensity. Nor is this superficial showmanship or mechanical interaction; rather it is an organic and natural blending of the voices and a profound understanding of the work that determines the performance of the two exponents.

With their new recording of two highly virtuosic works by Igor Stravinsky, “Le sacre du printemps” and “Petrushka”, the two artists have met a formidable challenge. Stravinsky, who arranged this ballet music both for orchestra and for four hands, makes great demands of his pianists. In particular, their interpretation must always stand comparison with the orchestral version. Nor is that all. Stravinsky’s works make the utmost demands of the instrument and of the artist: rich in contrast and colour, rhythmically vivid and complex, his music demands power and highly nuanced playing concentrated into a small area. This is a task that the pianist pair tackle with remarkable mastery. They unlock from the piano the timbres of an orchestra and the rhythms of a percussion kit and do it in a way that creates the impression only one person is playing. Silver-Garburg were well on the way to promising solo careers when they paired up first privately and then at the piano. They relish the constant contrast between recitals as a duo and orchestral concerts, between intimate pieces that call upon them as a unity, works conceived as dialogue, and those in which they sit at two pianos and summon up the massed power of a full orchestra. “It’s easy for a piano duo to create effects with sheer virtuosity. But we find that far too little. We want the listeners to be touched by our music to the depths of their heart.”

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Berlin Classics - 0300669BC

(Vinyl)

$34.75

Scheduled for release on 14 August 2015. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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