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 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


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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Transcriptions & Beyond : Piano Duo Takahashi / Lehmann

Transcriptions & Beyond : Piano Duo Takahashi / Lehmann


Herrmann, A:

Hausmusik

Nancarrow:

Sonatina for Piano

re-arrangement

Stravinsky:

Concerto for 2 Pianos

The Rite of Spring

original transcription


Piano Duo Takahashi / Lehmann

The PianoDuo Takahashi / Lehmann once again manage to combine passionate expressivity, intellectual programme conception and virtuoso piano technique. In the works presented in this second volume, the lines between original and arrangement are blurred: art prevails over genre boundaries.

In the suspense between faithfulness to the original and interest in arrangements, Norie Takahashi and Björn Lehmann take their own position. The pianists perform original works or arrangements made or sanctioned by the composers themselves. Igor Stravinsky adapted the score of his 'Le Sacre du Printemps' for piano duet so that it could be played in rehearsals – creating a work with its very own sound character. His Concerto for Two Pianos, on the other hand, is an original composition, referring, however, to a long history of arrangements that adapted works for solo instruments and orchestra for keyboard instruments.

Conlon Nancarrow became famous for his works for player pianos. His 'Sonatina', in the version presented here, is a re-arrangement: originally conceived for piano (two hands), the composer – dissatisfied with the performance results – arranged it for player piano. Yvar Mikashoff adapted this version for piano duet – with brilliant results and much to the delight of the original composer. In his 'Hausmusik', Arnulf Herrmann turns the relationship between original and arrangement upside down. The colourful and rhythmically vivacious cycle opens with an adaptation of an ensemble piece, and closes with a composition which he later reworked into an ensemble piece. The PianoDuo Takahashi|Lehmann was founded in Berlin in 2009. The musicians perform in many European countries as well as in Korea and Japan. Norie Takahashi first came to prominence by winning awards at numerous competitions, including the International Beethoven Competitions in Bonn and Vienna, the Schubert Competition in Graz, the Leeds International Piano Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. Björn Lehmann studied in Hamburg, Lausanne and at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Klaus Hellwig. He also received important artistic inspiration from Ferenc Rados, Leonard Hokanson, Robert Levin, Zoltan Kocsis, members of the Amadeus Quartet, Hartmut Höll and Irwin Gage.

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Transcriptions for Two Pianists

Transcriptions for Two Pianists


Bartók:

Two Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

Transcription for two pianos by Zoltán Kocsis

Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Transcription for two pianos by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Transcription for piano four hands by Igor Stravinsky


These two-piano transcriptions played by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy renew our experience of three great orchestral works, each of which was premiered in 1913.

Bavouzet’s version of Jeux is, like any fine transcription, far more than a memento of the original. Not only the trills and tremolandos needed on the piano to maintain sustained notes and chords, but also the interplay between the pianists, lines and motifs bouncing between them, become active participants in an intimate music of undulant ambiguity, dream, and darkness.

‘In Full Flower’, the first of the Two Pictures by Bartók, is often taken as his most Debussian composition thanks to his exploration of new scales and harmonic worlds. However, in bringing out its luxuriant and blossoming Hungarian aspects, Zoltán Kocsis emphasises rather its fully Bartókian character, which Bavouzet has conveyed to wide critical praise. The two ‘pictures’ here provide a route from Debussy’s world of erotic reverie to Stravinsky’s of ancient ritual. The thundering and the bells of the two pianos in full and accurate fury make this version of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps hardly less forceful in the hands of these two dazzling and virtuosic pianists.

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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos


Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for two pianos


Both come from Buenos Aires, both have made global careers for themselves.

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim are not only fellow countrymen; they also both began to give concerts in their youth, as soloists and with an orchestra.

In addition, the two have a particular interest in chamber music in common - the repertoire spanning from the classics to modernism.

They now appear together: a summit meeting of two of the most eminent pianists of the past few decades and of the present, something which is well worth looking forward to.

Picture format DVD: 16:9 - NTSC

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, DolbyDigital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 76 mins

German FSK: 0

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Bartók: The Miraculous Man

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Bartók: The Miraculous Man


Bartók:

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

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Sylvain Cambreling

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Stravinsky, Ravel & Gershwin

Stravinsky, Ravel & Gershwin

Transcriptions and original piano works


Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

Rhapsody in Blue

solo piano version

Ravel:

La Valse

piano version

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

arrangement for piano by Sam Raphling


Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua (piano)

Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Rite of Spring is heard on this recording in the formidable yet seldom performed solo piano transcription by the 20th-century American composer and pianist Sam Raphling. It is coupled with Ravel’s own virtuosic transcription of La Valse, Gershwin’s jazz-infused 3 Preludes and his own solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue.

Key Features: This recording is a genuine pianistic event. It gathers together a long tradition for arrangement-making and originality in repertoire of which the solo versions are rarely heard in the concert hall. These feature a stunningly distinctive piano transcription of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and original solo versions of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel’s La Valse. Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua has been acclaimed for his natural sense of phrasing and color, but in this case it is the colors of an entire orchestra which are demanded by Sam Raphling’s seldom played and spectacularly virtuoso transcription of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring which is equal in this regard to Ravel’s own solo piano version of La Valse. Gershwin’s music adds a flavor of American swing via the Three Preludes, followed by the composer’s very pure, complete piano version of his famous Rhapsody in Blue.

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Stravinsky: Sacre x 2

Stravinsky: Sacre x 2


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

(original 1913 version)

The Rite of Spring

(1967 concert version)


For the first time, a recording based entirely on the composer’s autograph score: Stravinsky’s landmark work as it might have been heard on May 29, 1913.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s landmark ballet ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’, David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich recorded two different versions of this milestone work.

This release includes both Stravinsky’s original version which famously caused one of the biggest scandals in music history, as well as the version later revised by the composer in 1967.

The original version was reconsutrcted from Stravinsky’s autograph score of the work. The autograph score is hold by the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland.

About David Zinman:

Even in his 77th year, David Zinman’s enthusiasm for new music, fresh ideas and original ways of making classical music more accessible is always at the forefront of his mind. As a music director, he has raised the standard of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra to an international level. His recordings for Arte Nova of the complete Beethoven symphonies were internationally acclaimed by critics. He has introduced new types of concerts, and made the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich one of the most enviable organizations to be part of. For Arte Nova/RCA Red Seal David Zinman has recorded highly acclaimed complete symphonic cycles from composers such as Beethoven, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss.

“Zinman doesn’t attempt to recreate [the] original sound world; his performances are concerned with textual and performance details. What he’s produced is in a sense a variorum edition, which compares Stravinsky’s first and last thoughts on his most celebrated work...Taken together...they offer a fascinating perspective on the greatest of all icons of musical modernism.” The Guardian, 28th January 2015 ****

“The performances are in the Monteux tradition: not the most virtuosic, but theatrically paced and transparent, captured in brilliant sound.” Sunday Times, 1st February 2015

“This beautifully documented and generally fascinating release presents not one but two performances of The Rite of Spring…Zinman emphasizes subtleties of orchestral colour and takes great care to evoke atmosphere rather than relying on brute force…these enthralling new discs give us something different. They deserve to be listened to and studied with the closest attention.” International Record Review, March 2015

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