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

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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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Transcriptions for Two Pianists

Transcriptions for Two Pianists


Bartók:

Two Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

Transcription for two pianos by Zoltán Kocsis

Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Transcription for two pianos by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Transcription for piano four hands by Igor Stravinsky


These two-piano transcriptions played by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy renew our experience of three great orchestral works, each of which was premiered in 1913.

Bavouzet’s version of Jeux is, like any fine transcription, far more than a memento of the original. Not only the trills and tremolandos needed on the piano to maintain sustained notes and chords, but also the interplay between the pianists, lines and motifs bouncing between them, become active participants in an intimate music of undulant ambiguity, dream, and darkness.

‘In Full Flower’, the first of the Two Pictures by Bartók, is often taken as his most Debussian composition thanks to his exploration of new scales and harmonic worlds. However, in bringing out its luxuriant and blossoming Hungarian aspects, Zoltán Kocsis emphasises rather its fully Bartókian character, which Bavouzet has conveyed to wide critical praise. The two ‘pictures’ here provide a route from Debussy’s world of erotic reverie to Stravinsky’s of ancient ritual. The thundering and the bells of the two pianos in full and accurate fury make this version of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps hardly less forceful in the hands of these two dazzling and virtuosic pianists.

“Bavouzet and his well-matched partner, François-Fréderic Guy, play with nimble grace, capturing the works wit and mystery. This gripping album is dedicated to Pierre Boulez, guru and enabler, for his 90th birthday.” The Observer, 14th June 2015 ****

“The programme works brilliantly, allowing us to hear the music as the composers did when they worked on these masterpieces and, in the case of the Rite, in the form in which it was most often played in the years after the premiere. Any losses in orchestral palette are compensated for by the clarity and wide range of colours at the pianists’ disposal.” Sunday Times, 7th June 2015

“Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy get every subtle detail in place.” Financial Times, 20th June 2015

“Fabulous playing from a pair of completely on-form pianists, which lends The Rite of Spring’s rhythmic themes a quite thrilling intensity.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos


Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for two pianos


Both come from Buenos Aires, both have made global careers for themselves.

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim are not only fellow countrymen; they also both began to give concerts in their youth, as soloists and with an orchestra.

In addition, the two have a particular interest in chamber music in common - the repertoire spanning from the classics to modernism.

They now appear together: a summit meeting of two of the most eminent pianists of the past few decades and of the present, something which is well worth looking forward to.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 76 mins

German FSK: 0

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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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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos


Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for two pianos


Both come from Buenos Aires, both have made global careers for themselves.

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim are not only fellow countrymen; they also both began to give concerts in their youth, as soloists and with an orchestra.

In addition, the two have a particular interest in chamber music in common - the repertoire spanning from the classics to modernism.

They now appear together: a summit meeting of two of the most eminent pianists of the past few decades and of the present, something which is well worth looking forward to.

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Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, DolbyDigital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 76 mins

German FSK: 0

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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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Pierre Monteux: The Early Recordings 1945, Pt. III

Pierre Monteux: The Early Recordings 1945, Pt. III


Brahms:

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Marian Anderson (contralto)

Indy:

Fervaal, Op. 40: Prelude to Act 1

Rimsky Korsakov:

Sadko (tone poem), Op. 5

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


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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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