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

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Dumbarton Oaks Concerto

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Dumbarton Oaks Concerto


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Concerto in E flat for chamber orchestra 'Dumbarton Oaks'


Naxos - 8571223

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Stravinsky: The Ballets

Stravinsky: The Ballets


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Petrushka

The Rite of Spring

Apollon musagète

Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 3


This collection brings together four great ballets by Stravinsky – The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring and Apollon musagète, in definitive performances, stunningly recorded, by Antal Dorati and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Also included is the early orchestral work Scherzo fantastique, which was first performed as a ballet by the New York City Ballet in 1972 with choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Stravinsky first made a name for himself with his colourful score for the ballet The Firebird, influenced by his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, but already giving an indication of things to come. His next ballet, Petrushka, showed significant development, but hardly prepared audiences for the premiere of The Rite of Spring in Paris on 29 May 1913, which caused a riot. It was the most significant event in 20th century classical music and the shock of this revolutionary score can still be felt today.

Decca Ballet Edition - 4784752

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Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps & Bartók: Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion

Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps & Bartók: Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion


Bartók:

Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, BB 115, Sz. 110

with Dominic Oelze, Torsten Schönfeld (percussion)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

arranged for two pianos


Frank-Immo Zichner & Frank Gutschmidt (pianos)

This CD pairs two major works of the 20th century. Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet score Le Sacre du Printemps appears in the composer’s own arrangement for two pianos, whilst the other work on the disc is Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. The keyboard players are Frank-Immo Zichner and Frank Gutschmidt, and the percussionists in the Bartok piece are Dominic Oelze and Torsten Schönfeld.

While the full score of Stravinsky’s ground-breaking 1912 ballet Le Sacre du Printemps experiments with novel playing techniques and highly innovative orchestration, in the composer’s own arrangement for two pianos, recorded here, it is the rhythmical aspects of the music that are prominent. The Hungarian composer Béla Bartók became acquainted with “Le Sacre” through this version in the 1920s, and it greatly influenced his composing technique. Although Stravinsky moved away from folk music after his Russian period, it played an important part in Bartók’s music throughout his life. The Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion incorporates a synthesis of the stylistic developments of his own time and folk music.

New Classical Adventure - 60252

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy


Scriabin:

Le Poème de l'extase, Op. 54

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Philips - 4784793

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Stravinsky: Les Ballets Russes

Stravinsky: Les Ballets Russes


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, Dmitri Kitayenko

Petrushka

Moscow State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

The Rite of Spring

The Big Symphony Orchestra of Central Television and All-Union Radio, Vladimir Fedoseyev


Melodiya - MELCD1001990

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Adoration of the Earth

Adoration of the Earth


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

arr. D. Brenzel


Andrew Layton (soprano saxophone), Timothy Young (piano), Jeff Lopez (double bass), Michael Johnston (flugelhorn), Steve Lesche (guitar), Michael Bravin (trombone), Jeff Adams (trombone), Paul White (baritone saxophone), Brad Danho (tenor saxophone), Josh Fox (alto saxophone), Pat Shook (tenor saxophone)

Mobtown Moderb Big Band, Darryl Brenzel

Innova - INNOVA824

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Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps, Symphony in Three Movements & Agon

Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps, Symphony in Three Movements & Agon


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947)

Symphony in 3 movements

Agon ‘Ballet for Twelve Dancers’


Decca 20C - 4784253

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Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps & Petrouchka (1947 version)

Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps & Petrouchka (1947 version)


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka (1947 version)


Collins Classics - CC-1011

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka


DG Virtuoso - 4784041

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Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands

Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands


Bernstein:

Candide - Overture

arr. by Charlie Harmon

Debussy:

6 Epigraphes antiques

Shapero:

Sonata for Piano Four Hands

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


ZOFO duet

Musical compatriots. Collaborators. Teachers. Friends. Pianists. These are the links that bound the four remarkable 20th century composers, whose one-piano-four-hands works are brought together by Sono Luminus on this first CD from the dynamic ZOFO duet. Whether performing public duet concerts together or using the piano four-hands form to explore their symphonic visions, Bernstein, Shapero, Debussy and Stravinsky all understood the musical power of sharing the bench.

When internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi joined forces to form ZOFO duet in the spring of 2009, their goal was to explore and enrich the one-piano-four-hands repertoire by performing and recording existing and new works at the highest level of musical excellence. The pieces they chose for their first public performance as a professional ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory in the fall of 2009 were by Leonard Bernstein, Harold Shapero, Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky – four highly influential composers of the 20th century who knew each other, learned from each other, sometimes performed together, and embraced the piano four - hands form. Since their concert debut in 2009 ZOFO has performed dozens of concerts with repertoire ranging from Johannes Brahms to Tomohiro Moriyama, and in venues from San Francisco to Carnegie Hall to Osaka Japan. But for this, their first CD, Eva-Maria and Keisuke return to the four composers and magnificent pieces that launched them on their career as ZOFO duet.

“[The Rite] is less colorful than the “customary” orchestral version, but the effect is no less profound. The intrinsic rhythmic details are more starkly exposed in the more percussive piano presentation...there is no danger of the percussive keyboard impacts getting on your nerves. Overall, this is a very good disc.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

Dorian Sono Luminus - DSL92151

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