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

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


"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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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps and Debussy: Jeux

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps and Debussy: Jeux


Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The Cleveland Orchestra


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Yuri Temirkanov conducts Ravel & Stravinsky

Yuri Temirkanov conducts Ravel & Stravinsky


Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

La Valse

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


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

Paavo Järvi conducts Stravinsky & Debussy

Recorded live at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, September and November 2012


Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

The Rite of Spring


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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Paavo Järvi conducts Stravinsky & Debussy

Paavo Järvi conducts Stravinsky & Debussy

Recorded live at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, September and November 2012


Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

The Rite of Spring


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


Hindemith:

Piano Sonata for 4 Hands

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for piano four hands


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

Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Apollon musagète


Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose Grammy® award-winning accounts of Stravinsky’s Symphony in C and Symphony of Psalms are among Gramophone magazine’s Top 10 Stravinsky Recordings (2011), return to the composer with a recording of the ground-breaking ballet Le Sacre du printemps, whose premiere a century ago marked a turning point in 20th century music history. The programme on this release also includes new recordings of Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Apollon Musagète, another of the Russian master’s breathtaking ballets.

Although the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps in Paris on 29th May 1913 famously set off a near-riot, the work quickly became recognised as one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. The 100th anniversary of the premiere will be commemorated with performances all over the world in 2013 and, no doubt, with some new recordings. On record and in performance, Simon Rattle has championed the orchestral works of Stravinsky with insight and dedication over many years and this latest recording is an important addition to his Stravinsky discography.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“the physical impact here of maximum Berlin Philharmonic firepower is part of what the music itself calls for...Compared to the clotted cream sonorities in evidence here, Rattle's CBSO recording is far truer to the music's poised incisiveness and grace. But his new reading of The Rite of Spring with the Berlin Philharmonic is a formidable achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

“You could be forgiven for thinking this was still Herbert von Karajan’s orchestra, such is the depth of colour in The Rite of Spring and weight of string sonority in Apollon Musagète.” Financial Times, 6th April 2013 ***

“This is a pretty considerable account of Le Sacre. I think there is, at times, a degree of greater urgency than was the case in 1987 - perhaps the presence of an audience helped; perhaps it’s the fact that an even more experienced Rattle is now at the helm of a virtuoso orchestra...a refined and excellent performance of Apollon Musagète which benefits not only from the virtuosity of the Berlin string players but also from the fastidious ear of their conductor.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

“What struck me most was Rattle’s focus on the work’s sensuality, especially in its early stages. Even the opening bar is seductive rather than primitive...Little details that I often listen for are happily present and correct: the groaning horns come through wonderfully in the section entitled Dances of the Young Girls” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 27th May 2013

“Stravinsky famously disliked Karajan’s supersmooth 1960s account with this orchestra, but he surely would have responded more positively to Rattle, who never allows sheer beauty of sound to undermine the rhythmic pulsing...The Berliners’ strings may be plusher than Birmingham’s, and the woodwind soloists are instrumental royalty, but Rattle preserves the visceral barbarism of this ever-astonishing score.” Sunday Times, 31st March 2013

“It’s indecently luxuriant and played with a confidence which almost borders on complacency...This recording is full of...sounds which will have you dusting down your miniature score in disbelief. Rarely has the second half’s intro sounded so decadent and sweaty, and I whooped for joy at hearing a normally inaudible low horn rasp a few minutes near the close.” The Arts Desk, 6th April 2013

“The performances all have the sense of utter security, tonal depth and fabulous dynamic range that are characteristic of the Berlin Philharmonic in Rattle's era...The Berliners are so much on top of their parts that there is something almost too secure about the result...It's a superbly judged performance, with just the right balance between individuality in the wind playing and immaculate ensemble” The Guardian, 21st March 2013 ****

“it is the suavity of the score that startles, especially in Rattle's subtle use of rubato (stolen time) and the cool sensuality of the woodwind solos. Those woodwind players – currently vying with the principals of the Concertgebouw for the title of world's finest – shine again in Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments.” The Independent, 30th March 2013 *****

“[Stravinsky] would surely have warmed to this new version. Rattle’s sense of pacing and proportion is unerring, and the sound has a startling vividness that makes this familiar piece seem new. One hears thickets of ticking, twittering inner parts that normally stay in the background.” The Telegraph, 19th April 2013 ****

“Beautiful, all beautiful. But beauty is not enough. We also need the primitive and rude: ingredients that Rattle and the suave Berliners tend to deliver wearing kid gloves...If you’re after an interpretation in love with the score’s quieter corners, go for Rattle with confidence; if you want Stravinsky red in tooth and claw, he’s often hard to find.” The Times, 5th April 2013 ***

Presto Disc of the Week

27th May 2013

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - May 2013

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps


Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Ravel:

Boléro

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


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 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

“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

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps & Petroushka (for piano 4 hands)

Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps & Petroushka (for piano 4 hands)


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

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Petrushka

version for piano 4 hands


Lidija Bizjak & Sanja Bizjak [piano]

In just a few years, 'Petroushka' and 'The Rite of Spring' - premiered by the Ballets Russes in 1911 and 1913, drastically changed the musical world and opened the path to the 20th century and modern music.

Highlights of Lidija and Sanja Bizjak’s career include their debut at the BBC Proms performing with the Britten Sinfonia at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and also their appearances in La Roque d’Anthéron and Folle Journée in Nantes, amongst other prestigious concerts.

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps & Le chant du Rossignol

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps & Le chant du Rossignol


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Le Chant du Rossignol


Brussels Philharmonic, Michel Tabachnik

As the former orchestra of the Belgian, and later the Flemish radio, this orchestra managed not only to survive independently, but also to build a successful national and international career in the heart of Europe.

Here they enjoy the opportunity to record Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in this anniversary year. Their previous recordings have received some very good reviews.

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