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

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Stravinsky: Piano Ballets

Stravinsky: Piano Ballets


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

for piano duet

The Rite of Spring

for piano duet


Katya Apekisheva (piano) & Charles Owen (piano)

According to Stravinsky, Petrushka started out as 'an orchestral work with the piano playing the most important part – a kind of konzertstück.’ It was the impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, who persuaded him to transform this existing material into a full-length orchestral ballet score. Stravinsky almost invariably composed sat at the piano – the shape of his ideas was determined by the instrument’s essentially percussive nature. In the case of Petrushka, the title character’s distinctive harmonic profile rose directly from the juxtaposition of two chords based respectively on the keyboard’s white and black notes. The piano-duo version is therefore no mere arrangement but the original source out of which the orchestral score was fashioned.

“The contrasts are sharp, bright, and witty, and the manically-driving tempos whirl us along. These players relish both the virtuosity required, and the chance to convey comedy; the Enchantment of the second scene really is enchanting…Apekisheva and Owen light up Stravinsky’s world with every phrase pellucidly clear; the precision of their playing is a delight in itself…this performance crackles with excitement” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 *****

“Owen and Apekisheva really understand Stravinsky’s layering techniques, and a huge amount of detail comes through” International Piano, September 2016 ****

“The piano-duet arrangement of Le Sacre du Printemps in particular brings satisfaction and reward” MusicWeb International, 16th September 2016

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Stravinsky Conducts 1960 - The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky Conducts 1960 - The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka


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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


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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!’”

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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 conducts Stravinsky

Pierre Boulez conducts Stravinsky


Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Petrushka (1911 version)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

The Cleveland Orchestra


With the incredibly sad news in January 2016 of the passing of the great conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, Sony Classical UK is re-releasing this 2CD budget set featuring Boulez conducting three of Igor Stravinsky’s most well-loved works, Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), and music from L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), and Petrushka. This collection, originally released in 2013, contains recordings of Boulez conducting three world-renowned orchestras he headed during his career, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

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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


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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: Le Sacre du Printemps & Le Roi des Étoiles

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps & Le Roi des Étoiles


Stravinsky:

Zvezdolikiy

The Rite of Spring


According to the official police report, 27 people were injured and the distinguished Théâtre des Champs-Elysées was almost completely ruined. This was the result of the tumultuous 1913 première of Le Sacre du printemps for which ballet impresario Sergej Djagilev commissioned Igor Stravinsky to write for his Ballets Russes. The audience was shocked by Stravinsky’s barbaric and savage music and Nijinsky’s revolutionary choreography.

However, it didn’t take more than three performances to turn Le Sacre du printemps into a huge success and not more than a year for Stravinsky to become a highly respected composer in Paris. A century later, it is clear that Stravinsky is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and his Le sacre du printemps a benchmark composition in Western music.

While working on Le sacre du printemps, Stravinsky also wrote a cantata for male choir and orchestra entitled Le roi des étoiles (Zvezdóliki), based on a poem by symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont and dedicated to Claude Debussy. Musicologists have interpreted the work as a kind of Christian counterpoint to the pagan images of Russia in Sacre.

This Super Audio CD combines these two fascinating Stravinsky compositions, recorded in 1972 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Men’s Chorus Of The New England Conservatory Choir (track 1) and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. As with all releases in PENTATONE’s REMASTERED CLASSICS series, these 1972 quadraphonic recording tapes are now finally presented in the quality they deserved right from the start.

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