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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
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.
Scheduled for release on 1 September 2014. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.
Zubin Mehta conducts Stravinsky and Mahler
In 2012, conductor Alex Briger brought together for the first time Australia’s orchestral diaspora - musicians born, bred or trained in Australia, now largely working overseas – and the Australian World Orchestra was born. AWO based out of Sydney, is now an annual event and this recording is the result of the orchestra working under Zubin Mehta in 2013. These performances take Briger’s original idea to a whole new level, this musical offering achieving a quality which unites musicial and artistic aspirations. Under Mehta, the AWO produces a richly coloured reading of The Rite of Spring, heard here in a revelatory pairing with Mahler’s first symphony in its original five-movement version. Mahler is a composer synonymous with Mehta. Zubin Mehta has conducted Mahler in concert extensively for over five decades the world over including orchestras sharing a direct hertitage with the composer the New York Philharmonic, of which Mehta has been their longest serving Principal conductor, and Vienna Philharmonic being two such orchestras. Mahler’s Symphony No.1 is the symphony Mehta chose to program when celebrating his 50th anniversary debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2012. AWO attracts Australian musicians from far and wide. Notable Australian’s violinist Natalie Chee, concert-master of the SWR Orchestra in Stuttgart, through to violist Toby Lea, principal viola in the Vienna Philharmonic are two of over 50 attracted back along with musical colleagues from the Bavarian Radio, Singapore Symphony, Philadelphia, Osnabruck Symphony, Comiche Opera, Chicago Symphony, and Gewandhaus Orchestras.
To the delirious Sydney Opera House audience at the conclusion of the concert and pointing to the orchestra behind him Mehta said: “Do you realise what you’ve got here?” After a resounding “Yes” from the audience, the 77-year-old maestro added: “Don’t let go of them!”
This whole project is put together in 7 days and if nothing else it is clearly evident that maestro Mehta extracts impressive energy from the assembled forces!
Scheduled for release on 26 August 2014. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Pentaèdre wind ensemble tackles the twin peaks of the Russian repertoire, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in two astonishing transcriptions for wind quintet by Swiss horn player Stéphane Mooser (Mussorgsky) and American clarinetist Michael Byerly (Stravinsky).
A unique ensemble on the Canadian musical landscape, Pentaèdre explores a diversified and original chamber music repertoire, developed in the tradition of music for winds.
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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & The Firebird
Stravinsky & the Ballets Russes, 100th anniversary collector's edition
Ekaterina Kondaurova (Firebird), Ilya Kuznetsov (Ivan Tsarevich), Marianna Pavlova (The Princess) & Vladimir Ponomarev (Kachtcheï the Immortal)
The Rite of Spring
and staged by Millicent Hodson, Kenneth Archer, lighting: Vladimir Lukin
Alexandra Iosifidi (The Chosen One), Elena Bazhenova (300-Year-Old Woman) & Vladimir Ponomarev (Shaman)
Choreography & libretto: Michel Fokine (1910)
reconstruction Isabelle Fokine, Andris Liepa; Set & costume design:Anna & Anatoly Nezhny after original sketches by Alexander Golovin, Léon Bakst & Michel Fokine
The Rite of Spring
Choreography after Vaslav Nijinsky (1913)
Scene plan: Igor Stravinsky & Nicholas Roerich, reconstructed and staged by Millicent Hodson; Set and costume design: Nicholas Roerich, reconstructed and supervised by Kenneth Archer; Lighting: Vladimir Lukin
In celebration of the creation of 'Le Sacre du printemps' in Paris in 1913, Bel Air present a new edition in a DVD-book of a wonderful Stravinsky night at the Mariinsky with the original Nijinsky version of the 'Rite of Spring' and 'The Firebird' both conducted by Valery Gergiev.
The premiere of 'The Rite of Spring' at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Paris, on May 1913 caused a veritable scandal. The audience was shocked by the primitive violence of the ballet. It was so radically rejected that the ballet was taken off after eight performances. Although long forgotten, thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky’s original choreography was recreated.
'The Firebird' is a Russian folk tale in two scenes commissioned from the young Stravinsky by Diaghilev and premiered at the Paris Opera House in 1910. The ballet was an immediate success. The Ballets Russes enabled the choreographer Fokine to bring to this enterprise the right amount of novelty needed to captivate but not alienate the audience. It was a total success.
CONTENTS: DVD BOOK, 2 ballets 85 min.
Bonus: Documentary on the Ballets Russes (8 min), interviews with Millicent Hodson & Kenneth Archer (30 min), 36pp illustrated in 3 languages
Format: Colour, 16/9, NTSC, Sound: PCM Stereo - Dolby Digital 5.1.
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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a special Bluray re-issue of their groundbreaking episode of Rite of Spring from the Keeping Score series, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky's revolutionary ballet score, presented in stunning Dolby TrueHD 96k upsampled audio.
“Funny thing about revolutions, you never know when or where they’re gonna start. They can be social or political or artistic, and very often it's these artistic or cultural revolutions, revolutions in taste, really, that seem to predict other violent changes in society. That's exactly the case with the Rite of Spring.” With these words Michael Tilson Thomas opens the groundbreaking episode from the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score series.
In 1913, with Europe on the brink of war, a fashionable Parisian audience reacted with hostile frenzy to the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s new work. The ballet’s shocking music and dance provoked a riot that evening and was soon recognised as perhaps the most revolutionary piece of the 20th century, a reputation it maintains to this day.
In this Blu-ray, MTT and SFS take you from the salons of St. Petersburg to the villages where Stravinsky found inspiration in the earthy power of Russian folk music and dance.
MTT then retraces Stravinsky's journey to the cultural crossroads of pre-war Paris. There, in collaboration with the great impresario Diaghilev and his star dancer Nijinsky, Stravinsky developed the shocking, erotic, and violent evocation of pagan Russia that became Rite of Spring.
Presented for the first time on Blu-ray disc, Keeping Score: Stravinsky features a thought provoking documentary and a brilliant live concert performance of Rite of Spring along with music from The Firebird. The documentary is filmed in standard-definition 16:9 widescreen, with concert performances filmed in high-definition 16:9 widescreen, and presented in optional 5.1 surround sound with Dolby TrueHD 96k upsampling.
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"Wow!” a galvanized Igor Stravinsky reportedly exclaimed after listening to Leonard Bernstein’s astonishing recording with the New York Philharmonic of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), a performance that was captured more than a half-century ago in a single electrically-charged recording session.
Fifty-five years later, this legendary album still sounds as galvanizing and revolutionary as Le Sacre du Printemps itself, a work that Bernstein characterized as “only one of your everyday volcanic masterpieces…a miraculous new creation of such originality and power that still today it shocks and overwhelms us.”
This reissue of Bernstein’s 1958 recording of Le Sacre du Printemps is a brand new audio transfer from the original analogue reels.
For the first time on CD, the package includes the original cover art of the now-iconic image by Gray Foy.
In addition, the package has photos of Bernstein and Stravinsky plus sketches and images from the premiere production and an extensive essay by Jonathan Cott, writer and editor for Rolling Stone Magazine and author of Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview with Leonard Bernstein. Cott’s essay details the history of the work and includes first-hand reminiscences of Philharmonic musicians about the recording session and commentary by noted conductors and composers.
It was exactly a century ago the Le Sacre du Printemps shocked and overwhelmed its first audience – which included such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy – provoking a now-legendary riot at its Paris premiere whose notoriety and magnitude was unprecedented in the history of classical music.
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Yuri Temirkanov conducts Ravel & Stravinsky
Contrasting pieces by two masters of orchestral composition, these live performances, from 2009, capture the energy and movement of three much-loved balletic works; Ravel's intricate vignettes of childrens' stories in 'Mother Goose' and symphonic poem 'La valse', and Stravinsky's epoch-defining 'Rite of Spring'.
One of the oldest professional orchestras in Russia, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra can trace its lineage back to 1882 and its formation by Tsar Alexander III. In a 25-year collaboration, Yuri Temirkanov has been the orchestra's principal conductor since 1988.
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Paavo Järvi conducts Stravinsky & Debussy
Recorded live at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, September and November 2012
Conducted by Grammy award winning Paavo Järvi the Orchestre de Paris exquisitely performs three landmark pieces of orchestral music.
Both of Stravinsky’s ballet scores and Debussy’s L’Après-midi d’un faune are well suited for a DVD recording. The wildly varying moods under Järvi’s expert guidance are superbly caught in this high quality production.
The orchestra undertake international tours and aims to reach all genres of people. Järvi became the Music Director at the beginning of the 2010/11 season, and after just seven months his contract was extended to the end of 2016.
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Duo Miho & Masumi Hio
Duo Miho & Masumi Hio (piano - 4 hands)
Celebrating the centenary of the radical sounds of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, performed in Stravinsky’s own piano four hands scoring, allowing the listener to come closer to the sonorities that Stravinsky himself will first have experienced as he composed, alongside the Hindemith Sonata for Piano Four Hands and Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole.
Miho and Masumi Hio were solo piano pupils of Elisabeth Vaeth-Schadler and Martyn van den Hoek at the Carinthia State Music Conservatory (Kärntner Landeskonservatorium) and the Vienna Conservatory (Konservatorium Wien). After earning their diplomas as soloists with distinction, they married in 2005, forming a piano duo and have performed together ever since.
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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
Naive continues its partnership with the Orchestra of the Paris Opera and its leader Philippe Jordan [currently counducting the Ring Cycle in Paris].
Music Director of the Opéra National de Paris and appointed Musical Director the Vienna Symphony Orchestra from the season 2014-15, Philippe Jordan, at age 38, is already recognised as one of the most talented and exciting conductors of his generation.
Here are three monuments that together furthered the history of music and the arts, including that of the Paris Opera, in the 20th century.
“An especially stunning performance of Bolero” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****
“Jordan is clearly interested in tracing the linkages and the lineage; how three trailblazing minds listened and learnt from each other. He favours upbeat, pacy tempi throughout the disc...hyperactive, scorched-earth rumblings from the start. The Orchestre de l'Opera National de Paris is more than game for this unusually deep workout.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
“Jordan luxuriates in this miraculous miniature masterpiece [Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune], offering a languorous reading of the great beauty.” International Record Review, July/August 2013
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