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

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Stravinsky - The Ballets

Stravinsky - The Ballets


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka

The Firebird

Apollon musagète


The Ballet Edition is a series of 2 CD sets drawn from the catalogues of EMI Classics, presenting the best-loved and most popular ballets, performed by the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

“Vital and colourful recordings from the 1980s, when Simon Rattle was at the height of his powers with the CBSO.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 ****

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Symphonies of Wind Instruments


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Decca - 4142022

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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 ****

“If you only know [Night on the Bare Mountain] in the version revised and arranged by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, then Mussorgsky's original version, as performed here by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, will be full of surprises, as it's an almost entirely different piece! At an electrifyingly breakneck pace, Salonen brings out all the raw power of Mussorgsky's original, with brooding brass and menacing strings.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, October 2014

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DG - E4776198

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Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments, etc.

Stravinsky:

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

The Rite of Spring

Perséphone

The Firebird


Virgin de Virgin - 4821062

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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

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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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