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

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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

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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

FSK: 0

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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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Pierre Boulez Edition: Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dukas & Falla

Pierre Boulez Edition: Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dukas & Falla


Dukas:

Fanfare to La Peri

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Poeme danse en un tableau (La Peri)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos

Jan DeGaetani (mezzo-soprano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for Harpsichord & Chamber Ensemble

Igor Kipnis (harpsichord), Paige Brook (flute), Harold Gomberg (oboe), Stanley Drucker (clarinet), Eliot Chapo (violin), Lorne Munroe (cello)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Messiaen:

Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum

Groupe Instrumental à percussion de Strasbourg, Orchestre Du Domaine Musical

Couleurs de la cité céleste

Yvonne Loriod (piano)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pulcinella Suite

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 3

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Suites Nos. 1 & 2 for Small Orchestra

Ensemble Intercontemporain

Petrushka (1911 version)

Paul Jacobs (piano), New York Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

The Cleveland Orchestra

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

New York Philharmonic Orchestra


Sony Pierre Boulez Edition - G010001828154Z

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Djansug Kakhidze The Legacy Vol. 3

Djansug Kakhidze The Legacy Vol. 3


Rimsky Korsakov:

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

The Rite of Spring

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Djansug Kakhidze

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for two pianos

Petrushka

version for two pianos


Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg set new standards in the high art, often too little appreciated, of the duo on one or two pianos. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, they are the constantly returning guests of top orchestras, festivals and concert organizers. Press reviews acclaim the Israeli artists for their consummate technical mastery, highly versatile and nuanced playing and exceptional sensitivity.

Silver and Garburg capture the playful character of the piano writing, the interplay of impulse and intensity. Nor is this superficial showmanship or mechanical interaction - rather, it is an organic and natural blending of the voices and a profound understanding of the work that determines the performance of the two exponents.

With their new recording of two highly virtuosic works by Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps and Petrushka, the two artists have met a formidable challenge. Stravinsky, who arranged this ballet music both for orchestra and for four hands, makes great demands of his pianists. In particular, their interpretation must always stand comparison with the orchestral version.

Nor is that all. Stravinsky’s works make the utmost demands of the instrument and of the artist: rich in contrast and colour, rhythmically vivid and complex, his music demands power and highly nuanced playing concentrated into a small area. This is a task that the pianist pair tackle with remarkable mastery. They unlock from the piano the timbres of an orchestra and the rhythms of a percussion kit and do it in a way that creates the impression only one person is playing.

Silver-Garburg were well on the way to promising solo careers when they paired up first privately and then at the piano. They relish the constant contrast between recitals as a duo and orchestral concerts, between intimate pieces that call upon them as a unity, works conceived as dialogue, and those in which they sit at two pianos and summon up the massed power of a full orchestra. “It’s easy for a piano duo to create effects with sheer virtuosity. But we find that far too little. We want the listeners to be touched by our music to the depths of their heart.”

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka - Vinyl Edition

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka - Vinyl Edition


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for two pianos

Petrushka

version for two pianos


Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg set new standards in the high art, often too little appreciated, of the duo on one or two pianos: acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, they are the constantly returning guests of top orchestras, festivals and concert organizers. Press reviews acclaim the Israeli artists for their consummate technical mastery, highly versatile and nuanced playing and exceptional sensitivity. Silver and Garburg capture the playful character of the piano writing, the interplay of impulse and intensity. Nor is this superficial showmanship or mechanical interaction; rather it is an organic and natural blending of the voices and a profound understanding of the work that determines the performance of the two exponents.

With their new recording of two highly virtuosic works by Igor Stravinsky, “Le sacre du printemps” and “Petrushka”, the two artists have met a formidable challenge. Stravinsky, who arranged this ballet music both for orchestra and for four hands, makes great demands of his pianists. In particular, their interpretation must always stand comparison with the orchestral version. Nor is that all. Stravinsky’s works make the utmost demands of the instrument and of the artist: rich in contrast and colour, rhythmically vivid and complex, his music demands power and highly nuanced playing concentrated into a small area. This is a task that the pianist pair tackle with remarkable mastery. They unlock from the piano the timbres of an orchestra and the rhythms of a percussion kit and do it in a way that creates the impression only one person is playing. Silver-Garburg were well on the way to promising solo careers when they paired up first privately and then at the piano. They relish the constant contrast between recitals as a duo and orchestral concerts, between intimate pieces that call upon them as a unity, works conceived as dialogue, and those in which they sit at two pianos and summon up the massed power of a full orchestra. “It’s easy for a piano duo to create effects with sheer virtuosity. But we find that far too little. We want the listeners to be touched by our music to the depths of their heart.”

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Stravinsky: The Firebird & Pulcinella Suites, The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Firebird & Pulcinella Suites, The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

(1919 version)

Pulcinella Suite

(1949 version)

The Rite of Spring

(1947 version)


Exton - OVCL00333

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Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (2 versions)

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (2 versions)


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for piano four hands

Piano Duo Trenkner Speidel

The Rite of Spring

Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier


The premiere of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps is legendary. It caused a full-blown scandal in Paris in 1913 even though the previous year the composer had participated in the premiere of the piano duo version of this epochal work.

Here the Trenkner-Speidel Piano Duo presents the version for piano four hands. Even years later Claude Debussy wrote that the memory of this premiere was like “a beautiful nightmare.” He supplied the second pair of hands during its performance, and from that time forth his admiration for his colleague, who was twenty years his junior, went over into boundless enthusiasm.

The reduction to piano sound renders audible horizontal melody particles with unprecedented clarity – the Sacre cannot be experienced with greater transparency.

Also on this recording, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn conducted by Stefan Blunier offer the fascinating comparative opportunities given by the performance of the later orchestral version.

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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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