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

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Stravinsky: The Firebird, The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky: The Firebird, The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Firebird

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

The Cleveland Orchestra

Fireworks, Op. 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Études (4) for orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Pierre Boulez’s name has always been closely linked with the three great early Russian ballets of Stravinsky – The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. Here are all three, in outstanding performances with the premier orchestras of Chicago and Cleveland.

DG Duo - 4790005

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Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky

Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky

1940 & 1946 Recordings


Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka - suite


Philharmonic-Symphony of New York, Igor Stravinsky

Mark Obert-Thorn, producer and audio restoration engineer

This programme brings together the three great ballets which Stravinsky composed for Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev. These vibrantly atmospheric scores were all revised after their Parisian premières, and the 1945 version of the Firebird Suite was still brand new at the time of this recording. In what are widely considered to be the best of his commercial recordings of these works, Stravinsky the conductor brings out the expressive and vividly incisive rhythmic strengths of the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York.

Producer’s Note:

Igor Stravinsky made three sets of commercial recordings of his three great early ballet scores. The first was made in the late 1920s with rather ragged-sounding French and British ensembles and less conducting experience on the composer’s part. The last set was made in stereo in the early 1960s with a pick-up orchestra of Los Angeles musicians at a time when the conductor was at an advanced age. The present series, made midway between the other two, is generally considered his best. It features an ensemble of high quality (Barbirolli’s New York Philharmonic), and the composer is on his best podium form. These are generally considered to be the best of Igor Stravinsky’s own recorded versions of his great ballets. Collectors will want these historically significant audio documents in the most detailed sound possible, and renowned technician Mark Obert-Thorn’s tremendous work in audio restoration means this is exactly what they will find with this release.

“Invaluable new transfers of Stravinsky on top form as a conductor. This electrifying performance is the finest of his Rite of Spring recordings, and the 1945 Firebird Suite is gripping.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 *****

“they certainly are exciting, not least because you sense the virtuosos of their day still struggling to master incredibly demanding new music. Forget the recording quality and revel in the rhythmic pungency.” The Times, 25th February 2012 ***

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Naxos Historical - 8112070

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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)


Alto - ALC1131

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Stravinsky: Petrushka & the Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: Petrushka & the Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Choreography by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilev

Valeria Tsoi (The Chosen One), Vera Timashova (The Dark Spirit), Sergei Vanaev (The Wise Elder)

Moscow Classical Ballet

Petrushka

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine

Irek Mukhamedov (Petrushka), Ludmila Semenyaka (The Ballerina), Vyacheslav Elagin (The Moor), Yuri Vetrov (The Charlatan)

Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre


Pavel Sorokin

Two twentieth-century ballet masterpieces performed by major Russian ballet troupes. Petrushka is a live 1992 performance by the Bolshoi Ballet, with choreography based on the original Fokine. The Rite of Spring is a filmed 1990 studio production by the Moscow Classical Ballet starring Ilgiz Galimullin and Valeria Tsoi. 76 minutes, Color, Mono, 4:3, All regions.

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VAI - DVDVAI4516

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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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DG Ferenc Fricsay Portrait - 4454052

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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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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

DG Originals - 4636132

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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)


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First Choice - October 2002

DG 2CD - 4530852

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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: The Rite of Spring, Pulcinella

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Pulcinella


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Pulcinella

Olga Borodina (mezzo), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (bass)


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Philips - 4466982

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