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

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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: Le sacre du Printemps & Petrushka

Stravinsky: Le sacre du Printemps & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

1921 version

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Petrushka (1911 version)

FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON CD

Thomas Rajna (piano)

New Philharmonia Orchestra


Stravinsky began work on Petrushka in the summer of 1910, shortly after the successful première of his first ballet, The Firebird. Like The Firebird, and The Rite of Spring which came later, Petrushka was written for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The choreographer was Mikhail Fokine, and the title role was danced by the mercurial Vaslav Nijinsky. Nijinsky was also involved with this production of Rite, but as the choreographer rather than dancer. The choreography, in keeping with the ballet’s subject matter and the composer’s use of dissonance and complex rhythms, made a complete break with tradition. Looking back on the tumultuous première, Stravinsky described the curtain as rising on ‘rows of knock-kneed Lolitas’. The first performance, which took place on 29 May 1913, was of course one of the most famous scandals in musical history.

Both of the Stravinsky ballet scores here recorded by Erich Leinsdorf in the 1970s were released on Decca’s then super-sonic Phase 4 imprint. Decca’s lurid cover for Petrushka caused a stir and is reproduced here on this Eloquence reissue – the first release on Decca CD. Thomas Rajna, solo pianist for the Petrushka recordings, has contributed his own reminiscences for this release.

“always interesting, sympathetic and never forced […] and an excellent contribution from Thomas Rajna at the piano” Gramophone Magazine, March 1971 (Petrushka)

“by no means inconsiderable as a performance, and often very clearly recorded” Gramophone Magazine, October 1975 (Le Sacre du printemps)

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & The Firebird

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & The Firebird

Stravinsky & the Ballets Russes, 100th anniversary collector's edition


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

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

The Rite of Spring

and staged by Millicent Hodson, Kenneth Archer, lighting: Vladimir Lukin

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


In celebration of the creation of 'Le Sacre du printemps' in Paris in 1913, Bel Air present a new edition in a DVD-book of a wonderful Stravinsky night at the Mariinsky with the original Nijinsky version of the 'Rite of Spring' and 'The Firebird' both conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The premiere of 'The Rite of Spring' at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Paris, on May 1913 caused a veritable scandal. The audience was shocked by the primitive violence of the ballet. It was so radically rejected that the ballet was taken off after eight performances. Although long forgotten, thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky’s original choreography was recreated.

'The Firebird' is a Russian folk tale in two scenes commissioned from the young Stravinsky by Diaghilev and premiered at the Paris Opera House in 1910. The ballet was an immediate success. The Ballets Russes enabled the choreographer Fokine to bring to this enterprise the right amount of novelty needed to captivate but not alienate the audience. It was a total success.

CONTENTS: DVD BOOK, 2 ballets 85 min.

Bonus: Documentary on the Ballets Russes (8 min), interviews with Millicent Hodson & Kenneth Archer (30 min), 36pp illustrated in 3 languages

Format: Colour, 16/9, NTSC, Sound: PCM Stereo - Dolby Digital 5.1.

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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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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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Stravinsky Conducts 1960 - The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky Conducts 1960 - The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka


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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

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The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

A Film by Peter Rump


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


First release on DVD.

With Valery Gergiev and Igor Stravinsky.

Featuring: Pierre Boulez, Alexander Toradze and others.

This programme records the meeting of two Russian musical giants, as Valery Gergiev, the most charismatic and dynamic conductor of our day, rehearses, performs and discusses Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, a masterpiece of the twentieth-century. This visceral music is close to the maestro’s heart. He not only talks about its history and demonstrates what makes it such an innovative, inspiring and exhilarating composition, but also explains his special affi nity with this work from Stravinsky’s “Russian period”.

The theme of the Sacre is the primitive peasants’ appeasement of the new year deity that presides over earthly fertility and man’s survival. Stravinsky’s reiterated rhythms, harsh, massive blocks of harmony and dour, menacing scraps of basic melodic material evoke the first spring thaw for primitive man. The piece was written as ballet music, commissioned by Diaghilev and choreographed by Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes. The première of the Sacre ballet caused such a scandal that 29th May 1913 has gone down as the most notorious night in dance history. This programme includes extracts from a 1970’s Joffrey Ballet production of the Sacre, which used Nijinsky’s choreography and reconstructions of the original set and costume designs.

Among a wide range of archive material used in the programme is a rare clip of Igor Stravinsky conducting the Sacre, as well as footage of the composer talking about his composition and recalling his reaction to the audience’s loud disapproval of the piece at is première – “I said, ‘Go to Hell!’”

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Audio Languages: GB, DE

Subtitles: FR

DVD 5 / NTSC

Running time: 57 mins

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“Utterly absorbing; not to be missed” MusicWeb International, 24th May 2016

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The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

A Film by Peter Rump


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


First release on Blu-ray.

With Valery Gergiev and Igor Stravinsky.

Featuring: Pierre Boulez, Alexander Toradze and others.

This programme records the meeting of two Russian musical giants, as Valery Gergiev, the most charismatic and dynamic conductor of our day, rehearses, performs and discusses Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, a masterpiece of the twentieth-century. This visceral music is close to the maestro’s heart. He not only talks about its history and demonstrates what makes it such an innovative, inspiring and exhilarating composition, but also explains his special affi nity with this work from Stravinsky’s “Russian period”.

The theme of the Sacre is the primitive peasants’ appeasement of the new year deity that presides over earthly fertility and man’s survival. Stravinsky’s reiterated rhythms, harsh, massive blocks of harmony and dour, menacing scraps of basic melodic material evoke the first spring thaw for primitive man. The piece was written as ballet music, commissioned by Diaghilev and choreographed by Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes. The première of the Sacre ballet caused such a scandal that 29th May 1913 has gone down as the most notorious night in dance history. This programme includes extracts from a 1970s Joffrey Ballet production of the Sacre, which used Nijinsky’s choreography and reconstructions of the original set and costume designs.

Among a wide range of archive material used in the programme is a rare clip of Igor Stravinsky conducting the Sacre, as well as footage of the composer talking about his composition and recalling his reaction to the audience’s loud disapproval of the piece at is première – “I said, ‘Go to Hell!’”

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Audio Languages: GB, DE

Subtitles: FR

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running time: 57 mins

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Stravinsky: Petrouchka & Le Sacre du Printemps

Stravinsky: Petrouchka & Le Sacre du Printemps

for piano four hands


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

for piano four hands

The Rite of Spring

for piano four hands


Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (piano four hands)

The piano was fundamental to the modest operandi of Igor Stravinsky as a composer, not least when he was writing orchestral scores. Touching the keys gave him immediate contact with sound which he considered to be a vital part of the creative process. This tactile element provided him with an opportunity to feel sonorities and harmonies in addition to hearing them and the subtleties of the instrument offered the possibility of fresh revelations at every repositioning of his fingers. As Stravinsky’s works for orchestra began life at the keyboard in this deft, exploratory way, it is not by chance that several of them translate back inti piano music with conspicuous success.

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