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


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

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.

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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring & The Firebird

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring & The Firebird


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

CD

The Rite of Spring

CD

The Rite of Spring

DVD


CD+DVD.

The fifth recording of Tugan Sokhiev and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse on naïve is dedicated to one of the major music works of the 20th century, Stravinsky’s 'Rite of Spring', which will turn 100 years in 2013.

Also featuring the 'The Firebird' and offering illustrations that enhance the special atmosphere of those works, this set includes a bonus DVD with a live performance of 'Rite of Spring' from the unforgettable concert that opened last season for the orchestra, now considered one of the best French ensembles.

Tugan Sokhiev’s career is moving ahead fast. Besides his activity as Music Director at Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, with whom he will tour Japan, Germany, Austria, Poland and China this season, he is now Music Director at Deutsches Symphonie Orchestra in Berlin and guest conductor of several prestigious orchestras, including the Philharmonia to which he returns each season. He also enjoys a close association with the Mariinsky Theatre and is in demand from orchestras and opera houses worldwide.

The relationship between Sokhiev and his musicians in Toulouse is increasingly celebrated - Le Figaro described the partnership as "at the centre of French musical life", while Le Monde wrote of “Sokhievmania” after a recent performance in Paris.

“It's The Firebird that takes the honours here, especially the marvellously descriptive woodwind allied to the tiptoeing pizzicato strings. Here, Sokhiev seems to have penetrated to the fantastic, mythical heart of the piece.” The Independent, 12th January 2013 ***

“These are broad, big-boned accounts; if the Rite’s final chord isn’t cataclysmic, what goes before is convulsive and compelling.” Sunday Times, 20th January 2013

“Sokhiev's Rite of Spring takes heed of the work's many textural contrasts, with plenty of bite and bounce from the strings in the 'Mystical Circles of the Young Girls' and darkly wailing lower strings in 'Spring Rounds'...I'd call it a driven performance rather than especially elemental” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013

“Sokhiev's new recording with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse seems aimed at younger listeners, and would form a fine starting point for school projects...there's a DVD of the performance of The Rite of Spring that focuses on whichever instrument is prominent at any given time, and films Sokhiev from the relevant player's viewpoint, giving a real sense of what it's like to be in an orchestra.” The Guardian, 7th February 2013 ****

“As for the performances, these are polished and duly exciting...as an imaginative introduction to the world of the ballets, this is a welcome set.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

“Under Sokhiev the Toulouse orchestra plays The Rite with great skill and brilliance making an impressively unified sound. I felt that Sokhiev was somewhat cautious in his approach...[In The Firebird] the Toulouse orchestra under the calm, firm Sokhiev’s direction fare much better. Their playing has an abundance of drama that produces a glorious wash of warm sound.” MusicWeb International, 17th June 2013

“the near-choreographic performance of Sokhiev himself is fascinating. His gestures and cues are an object lesson in conducting expertise” International Record Review, June 2013

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