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

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Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes

Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Ekaterina Kondaurova (Firebird), Ilya Kuznetsov (Ivan Tsarevich), Marianna Pavlova (The Princess) & Vladimir Ponomarev (Kachtcheï the Immortal)

The Rite of Spring

Alexandra Iosifidi (The Chosen One), Elena Bazhenova (300-Year-Old Woman) & Vladimir Ponomarev (Shaman)

The Firebird:

Choreography & libretto: Michel Fokine (1910)

reconstruction Isabelle Fokine, Andris Liepa;

Set & costume design:Anna & Anatoly Nezhny after original sketches by Alexander Golovin, Léon Bakst & Michel Fokine

The Rite of Spring

Choreography after Vaslav Nijinsky (1913)

Scene plan: Igor Stravinsky & Nicholas Roerich, reconstructed and staged by Millicent Hodson;

Set and costume design: Nicholas Roerich, reconstructed and supervised by Kenneth Archer; Lighting: Vladimir Lukin


Subtitles: Fr, Eng, Booklet: 16 pages, Fr, Eng, Ger

Filmed in High Definition at the Mariinsky Theatre June 2008

Duration: 2h03'

Bonus: documentary 1909-2009 Ballets Russes & interviews with Millicent Hodson & Kenneth Archer (38')

Today it is difficult to imagine the impact on audiences at the beginning of the 20th century of Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) and his Ballets Russes. In celebration of the debut of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, this wonderful Stravinsky evening at the Mariinsky Theatre showcases the original Nijinsky version of The Rite of Spring for the first time on DVD along with The Firebird, both conducted by Valery Gergiev. Thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky's original choreography has now been recreated, performed by the lead dancers and Ballet Company of the Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Valery Geriev, known the world over for his interpretation of Stravinsky's works.

“For those who only know the black-and-white pictures of the original production of The Rite of Spring, the colours of Roerich's designs are a revelation, while the vision of Nijinksy's revolutionary choreography can be experienced in its full glory, allowing a proper appraisal of his vision. The three principals are mesmerising... it is the company as a whole that thrills. Add Gergiev's ability to unleash the searing power of the music, not forgetting two useful bonus features, and the result is an exhilarating feast for eyes and ears.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 *****

Blu-ray Disc

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Stravinsky 125th Anniversary Album

Stravinsky 125th Anniversary Album


Stravinsky:

Violin Concerto in D

Zvezdolikiy

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

The Rite of Spring


Jennifer Frautschi (violin)

Orchestra of St. Luke’s & Gregg Smith Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, Robert Craft

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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 ****

Super Audio CD

Format:

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DG - E4776198

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


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Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments, etc.

Stravinsky:

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

The Rite of Spring

Perséphone

The Firebird


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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

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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

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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

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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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Scandale: Alice Sarah Ott // Francesco Tristano

Scandale: Alice Sarah Ott // Francesco Tristano


Ravel:

La Valse (for 2 pianos)

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35: The Legend of the Kalendar Prince

arr. for four hands

Schlimé:

A soft shell groove

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

piano duet


Alice Sara Ott (piano) & Francesco Tristano (piano)

For her new recording rising star Alice Sara Ott teams up with Francesco Tristano, who is a guarantor for highly innovative projects.

Fascinated from the idea of Ballets Russes their challenging programme for two pianos centers upon Stravinsky’s extremely rhythmic and avant-garde score of “The rite of spring”, the crowning success de scandale of Ballets Russes and includes the catchy tune of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”.

The album features an exciting new composition by Francesco Tristano himself "A soft shell groove", which has never been recorded before.

No ballet company influenced the 20th-century intellectual world as did Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, with its signature conceptualization of dance, music and the fine arts as equal partners in a unified art form.

Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes became one of the most influential ballet companies of the 20th century, in part because of its ground-breaking artistic collaboration among contemporary choreographers, composers, artists, and dancers.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

DG - 4793541

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Scheduled for release on 8 September 2014. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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