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

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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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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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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka

(versions for two pianos)


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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

“Cambreling is an intelligent conductor who has the music securely in his grasp and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra is a well-groomed ensemble but both works cry out for extra drive” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

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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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Monolithen: Debussy, Zimmermann, Stravinsky

Monolithen: Debussy, Zimmermann, Stravinsky


Debussy:

En blanc et noir

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

arr for piano 4-hands by the composer

Zimmermann, B A:

Monologe

Version of 'Dialoge' for two solo pianos


piano duo huber|thomet: Susanne Huber & André Thomet

The piano works for two pianos or piano four-hands united here have quite a few inner connections. Each, in its own way, breaks down aesthetic conventions and involves vast historical and geographic horizons while demanding the highest level of virtuosity from the performers.

'En blanc et noir' [In Black and White] was created in the early days of the First World War. Claude Debussy made no secret of his disgust with the catastrophe of the war and the Germans who were responsible for it. He saw the German invasion as an attempt to destroy French culture. Therefore the title of the composition not only refers to the black and white keys of the piano keyboard, but primarily symbolises the two opposing sides in the First World War: white representing the French victims and black the German aggressors.

Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s 'Monologe' demands incredible technical skill from the performers. The independence of the two pianos presents a particular challenge, but so does the necessity of maintaining a sense of balance between the instruments. The composition is pervaded by a number of historical quotations. These quotations, ranging from the Gregorian chant “Veni Creator Spiritus” [Come, creative spirit] via Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy to Messiaen, transport the evolution of European music into a new, specially created sound continuum. 'Le Sacre du printemps' [The Rite of Spring] expresses in constantly shifting rhythms the elemental experience of the Russian Spring and “the close connection of the people to the earth”. Igor Stravinsky composed the work at the piano, as the initial sketches clearly reveal. The spacing of the chords and the tonal range are characteristic of the piano, so that it is only partially correct to speak of the version for piano duet as a 'reduction', in fact, it reveals the original conception of the piece.

“the Swiss duo capture its elusive moods on this recording [Debussy En blanc et noir].” Herald Scotland, 8th March 2015

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Les Musiciens et la Grande Guerre Vol. 2

Les Musiciens et la Grande Guerre Vol. 2

Au Carrefour de la Modernite


Busoni:

Fantasia Contrappuntistica

Debussy:

En blanc et noir

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

piano duet


Jean-Sebastien Dureau (piano) & Vincent Planes (piano)

The incredible explosion of music at the beginning of the 20th century was confronted, during the Great War, with other explosions: military, social and political. The scandalous arrival of the Sacre du printemps in 1913 gave way to creations which were more interiorized, part of history, tradition: Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir, premiered in Paris on 22 January 1916 in the ‘hôtel de Polignac’ in a concert dedicated to ‘affectionate help to musicians’; Busoni’s Fantasia contrappuntistica presented a modernity in 1910 which was not cut off from its heritage but, on the contrary, fed from it, the better to transform it.

Jean-Sébastien Dureau first studied music in Lyon, then with Jean-François Heisser, Christian Ivaldi and Alain Planès at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. He graduated in 1996 with first prizes in piano and chamber music and pursued advanced studies with Géry Moutier at the Lyon Conservatory.

In 1998, he went to study in the USA with renowned Hungarian pianist and teacher György Sebök at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. Over a two year period he had the opportunity to work with outstanding artists such as János Starker, Reiko Neriki, Franco Gulli and Leonard Hokanson. He was awarded the Artist Diploma.

An avid collaborative pianist, Vincent Planès performed in many prestigious venues in Europe and Amercia: Carnegie Hall in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Wigmore Hall in London, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris…

Born in Annecy, he came to pursue his musical studies in the USA upon his graduation from the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. At Indiana University, he had the privilege of studying with Menahem Pressler and to serve as János Starker’s class pianist. He then undertook doctoral studies in collaborative piano at New England Conservatory with pianist Irma Vallecillo. While in America, he collaborated with many prominent artists among which violist Kim Kashkashian and violinist Itzhak Perlman were major influences on his musical development. From 2007 to 2013 he taught at the Maurice Ravel Conservatory. -

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Raskatov: Piano Concerto 'Night Butterflies' & Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Raskatov: Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies" & Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


Raskatov:

Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies"

Tomoko Mukaiyama (piano)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

(live recordings)


“Brilliantly orchestrated, this is as much a concerto for members of the Seattle Symphony orchestra as much as for the soloist...There is much that is excellent about Morlot and the Seattle Symphony's performance [of Rite]...Raskatov is worth hearing for those wanting to hear how Russian music has evolved from that seminal work.” BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015 ****

“Ludovic Morlot directs a vividly coloured performance, so much so that the opening 'Adoration of the earth' sounds almost more like Ravel than Stravinsky…the playing is undeniably brilliant, and expertly controlled by Morlot” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Version for Orchestra

Sinfonieorchester Basel, Dennis Russell Davies

The Rite of Spring

Version for Piano Four Hands

Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa (piano)


As early as spring 1910 Igor Stravinsky had a vision of a "great pagan festival" the climax of which would be the death of a young girl who dies of exhaustion after a frenzied dance, surrounded by the elders of her tribe. A further eighteen months would elapse however, during which Stravinsky consulted with the archaeologist and painter Nikolai Roerich to produce several versions of a libretto, before the composer set about realizing his vision by writing the score for this, his most famous ballet.

Initially, the score bore the working title The great sacrifice, but was then renamed The Rite of Spring, and marked the international career breakthrough for the composer, not yet 32 years old, following his two earlier ballets for Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes, Firebird and Petrushka. And it has to be said that that breakthrough came with a mighty drumroll: when Le Sacre was premiered on May 29, 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, choreographed by the young Vaslav Nijinsky and under the musical direction of Pierre Monteux, the ballet caused one of the greatest scandals in the history of music and theatre ever – though it has to be said that Nijinsky's choreography, with its stamping, twitching body movements that seem to truly mock the ideal of weightless grace normally expected in dance, was at least as much to blame as Stravinsky's music. That said, this was not a performance suited to those of a nervous disposition, since the composer had transformed the orchestra to a great extent into a gasping, snorting, and above all hammering monster producing a sound that bore no resemblance whatsoever to the elegance of traditional ballet music.

“Stravinsky designed the four-hand version as a rehearsal-aid, but as played here it fascinatingly brings out elements not obvious in the orchestral score.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 *****

“Russell Davies doesn't give us fast-lane Stravinsky. The Introduction to 'The Adoration of the Earth' approximates a slowly evolving undergrowth...this isn't the sort of performance you're likely to five up on then return to, or sample. It draws you in for the duration...Fascinating...and what's more important, utterly new.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

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