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

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring


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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SFS Media - SFS0066

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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.

Sony - 88883707472

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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


Sony - G010002929339C

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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.

Signum - SIGCD330

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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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Electric Picture - EPC06BD

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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


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

Naive - V5332

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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

version for piano 4 hands

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.

BPR - BPR004

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