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

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Stravinsky: Pétrouchka & Le Sacre du printemps

Stravinsky: Pétrouchka & Le Sacre du printemps


Stravinsky:

Petrushka (1911 version)

The Rite of Spring


This release sees the critically acclaimed Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under its music director Andrew Litton perform two scores by Igor Stravinsky that stand at the pinnacle of 20th-century orchestral music.

Both Pétrouchka and Le Sacré du printemps were written for the ballet impressario Sergei Diaghilev and his company Les Ballets Russes.

The particularly striking aspect of Pétrouchka was the extensive use of folk song and street music, treated with extreme refinement and often biting irony – the character of Petrushka, a puppet come to life, was described by Stravinsky as ‘the immortal and unhappy hero of every fair-ground in all countries’.

The scandal associated with the 1913 première of Le sacré du printemps has become legendary – a scandal probably caused as much by Nijinsky’s choreography as by Stravinsky’s score. But even today, the music offers an extremely powerful experience, above all through its rhythmic qualities.

“Litton and the Bergen players are bursting with life” International Record Review

“the refinement and precision of the playing are hugely impressive. Litton's care with the textures in Petrushka and his unfussy way of teasing out the instrumental strands in The Rite of Spring matches that exactness” The Guardian, 14th April 2011 ***

“Andrew Litton conducts the Bergen Philharmonic in what is at times a visceral reading [of Rite]. The playing is rhythmically sharp, if not quite at Stravinsky's own breakneck speeds all the time...if you're looking for a freshly painted Petrushka or a Rite to shake you up a bit, this is shockingly good. Just make sure the neighbours are out first.” International Record Review, May 2011

“Virtuoso though the playing and conducting are, this is not a self-regarding performance but one that never loses contact with its deep Russian roots. The playing is polished and well balanced but can roughen to ferocious barbarity...This never has the sense of being played for thrills, yet the effect is all the more thrilling for coming from such depths...a worthy memorial to a fine artist.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

“True to form, Litton draws exceptionally clean textures from the orchestra, notably fine woodwind colouring, with a keen eye for every facet of both scores...Litton's almost neo-classical approach brings an attractive delicacy to passages such as the 'Ritual Action of the Ancestors'” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 **

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Orchestral

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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)


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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 *****

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27th July 2009

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin

Petrushka - suite

RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin

Movements for Piano & Orchestra

Margrit Weber (piano)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


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Stravinsky: Ballet Music

Stravinsky: Ballet Music


Stravinsky:

Petrushka - suite

The Rite of Spring

Les Noces

Doris Rossiaud (piano)

The Firebird


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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 - 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


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Rosette Winner

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Stravinsky: The Rite of the Spring - Vinyl Edition

Stravinsky: The Rite of the Spring - Vinyl Edition


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Symphonies of Wind Instruments


From pagan savagery to refined Classical elegance via a masterpiece of oblique ritual, these recordings trace Stravinsky’s eventful musical journey of creative curiosity and unquenchable originality. Sir Simon Rattle has long been acclaimed as a conductor of vivid insights in this music, and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s virtuosity makes this a disc of aptly balletic power and poetry.

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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim from the Teatro Colón

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim from the Teatro Colón

Piano Duos and Concert


 

El Firulete, Tango

Mores / Taboada (arr. José Carli)

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Bizet:

Carmen Suite No. 1

Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Ravel:

Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs No. 4)

Rapsodie Espagnole

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Boléro

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Schumann:

Traumes Wirren (Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 No. 7)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for Piano Duet


For the first time the two musicians performed together in the city of their birth. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra enthralled their audience at the Teatro Colón. With works by Beethoven, Bizet, Mores, Mozart, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann and Stravinsky . Recorded live at Teatro Cólon in August 2014, directed by Tilo Krause and Gustavo Peduto.

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Stravinsky: Piano Ballets

Stravinsky: Piano Ballets


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

for piano duet

The Rite of Spring

for piano duet


Katya Apekisheva (piano) & Charles Owen (piano)

According to Stravinsky, Petrushka started out as 'an orchestral work with the piano playing the most important part – a kind of konzertstück.’ It was the impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, who persuaded him to transform this existing material into a full-length orchestral ballet score. Stravinsky almost invariably composed sat at the piano – the shape of his ideas was determined by the instrument’s essentially percussive nature. In the case of Petrushka, the title character’s distinctive harmonic profile rose directly from the juxtaposition of two chords based respectively on the keyboard’s white and black notes. The piano-duo version is therefore no mere arrangement but the original source out of which the orchestral score was fashioned.

“The contrasts are sharp, bright, and witty, and the manically-driving tempos whirl us along. These players relish both the virtuosity required, and the chance to convey comedy; the Enchantment of the second scene really is enchanting…Apekisheva and Owen light up Stravinsky’s world with every phrase pellucidly clear; the precision of their playing is a delight in itself…this performance crackles with excitement” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 *****

“Owen and Apekisheva really understand Stravinsky’s layering techniques, and a huge amount of detail comes through” International Piano, September 2016 ****

“The piano-duet arrangement of Le Sacre du Printemps in particular brings satisfaction and reward” MusicWeb International, 16th September 2016

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