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

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York2

York2

One Piano Four Hands


Debussy:

La Mer

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Fiona York & John York (piano)

Throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th, it was standard practice to publish symphonies, overtures, whole operas, quartets, ballets – almost everything – in piano duet form alongside the full scores. But why take on the challenge of actually giving concert performances of great orchestral works in versions for four hands on one piano? There are several reasons why we do it; if the duet version is a composer-original, as is the case with all the works presented here, it has per se a genuine validity, deserving of our attention; in some cases the duet version actually predates the full orchestral score; the piano version can clarify the denser orchestral textures and rhythms; and it is both a huge challenge to the pianist and huge fun to play, and to watch. The three duet works on this CD all find on the piano a life as valid and intoxicating as they have in the more usual orchestral performances.

York2 has a fine reputation as the 'duo with a difference', gained through John and Fiona's exploration of larger scale and contemporary scores alongside the rich and familiar duet repertoire. They have given concerts for societies and festivals in the UK and Australia, on BBC Radio 3, CBC TV, at the Salzburg Festival, concertos at the Barbican Centre and South Bank in London. Fiona has taught in the junior departments of the Royal College, Trinity and Guildhall, she is at present at St. Paul’s Girls’ School and Eltham College, both in London. John was Professor at Guildhall for 33 years and is Senior Music Head of Department at St. Paul's Girls' School. Independently and together Fiona and John have rounded, versatile careers that combine concerts (John working in particular with celebrated cellist Raphael Wallfisch), editing and reviewing, composing for major publishers, adjudicating, teaching and coaching.

“Recital discs of four-hand music don't come much finer than this: the playing of the highest order and the programme brings together some of the most inportant scores of the early years of the last century, demonstrating in abundance just how vital and eclectic was the Parisian musical scene in the pre-war years. Highly recommended.” International Record Review, December 2010

Nimbus - NI5866

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Maazel conducts Stravinsky

Maazel conducts Stravinsky

Single release of the 60th anniversary-box


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Live recording: Munich, Herkulessaal, 17th and 18th June 1999

The Rite of Spring

Live recording: Munich, Philharmonie, 2nd and 3rd April 1998


Under Lorin Maazel, who held the Chief Conductor position from 1993 to 2002, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks reached a new level of performance culture, precision and flexibility. Like no other conductor, Maazel is capable of masterfully handling large-dimensioned works and performing music tightly packed with emotional content clear-headedly to make its effect even greater. The works on this CD mark two key moments in Stravinsky’s development as a composer during the period before the First World War.

The ballet music for L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird) contains many of the attributes that had made the Sacre such a scandalous avant-garde event in the Paris of 1913: unprecedented sound colours, rapidly changing rhythms, orgiastic climaxes and an exotic subject matter. Lorin Maazel and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – a dream combination for Stravinsky’s sensuous and rhythmically irresistible ballet works.

Individual release from the successful anniversary box of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Two of Igor Stravinsky’s most popular works.

Highly virtuosic orchestral works in which Maazel’s conducting expertise comes most impressively to the fore.

“Unlike some recordings originally destined for radio broadcast, the sound here is very good indeed. There is clarity and a naturalness (for CD) that conveys both the breadth of the orchestral palette and a sense of occasion. The delicacy of the hushed textures in the opening of Part 2 is magical, and a fitting tribute to the best of Lorin Maazel's work with the orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ***

BR Klassik Archive - 900706

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Berliner Philharmoniker: European Concert 1993

Berliner Philharmoniker: European Concert 1993


Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


The Berlin Philharmonic opened its Europe Concert 1993 in the impressive setting of the Royal Albert Hall with Pyotr Tchaikovsky‘s fantasy overture to Romeo and Juliet.

Playing and interpreting Mozart is an incomparable challenge for every musician, but the present recording demonstrates masterful interpretation and playing by the world-renowned violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. The Violin Concerto No. 3, K.216, with its fully balanced dialogue between solo instrument and orchestra, represents - compared to its two predecessors - a quantum leap. Alfred Einstein called this violin concerto „a miracle“. Only a musician who has total sway over his instrument and is able to interpret the freshness of the invention and the elegance of the melody can achieve a finished performance.

Under Bernard Haitink‘s baton, the Berlin Philharmonic have demonstrated here their possibilities in the reduced classical instrumentation, before the full orchestra put on a show after the interval with Stravinsky‘s „Rite“.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo,

DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9, PAL

Running Time: 90 mins

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Rachmaninov & Stravinsky (for two pianos, four hands)

Rachmaninov & Stravinsky (for two pianos, four hands)


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

for two pianos, four hands

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for two pianos, four hands


Malcolm Wilson and Philip Martin (pianos)

This month’s new release from SOMM is of two much loved scores but in much less frequently recorded versions, for two pianos and four hands. Rachmaninov arranged his composition for two pianos and Stravinsky prepared his work for piano duet. Both works are brilliantly performed by Martin and Wilson.

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Rite

Rite


Revueltas:

La noche de los Mayas

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Gustavo Dudamel elicits high octane playing from his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in these two full-frontal force orchestral pieces. Both Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Revueltas’s La noche de los Mayas are revealed as models of revolutionary music making.

In Le Sacre du Printemps, Stravinsky transformed painter Nicholas Roerich’s fleeting vision of a pagan ritual in which a young girl dances herself to death as a sacrifice to the god of Spring into a musical simulation of barbaric primality.

La noche de los Mayas, originally scored for a 1939 film, is one of Mexico’s musical treasures. This concert suite, edited by José Ives Limantour, dating to 1961, evokes a mystical lost world.

“Dudamel adopts a romantic view of the 20th-century landmark...[in La Noche de los Mayas] Dudamel hustles his young charges through juggernaut drumming, craggy chords and sassy melodies of a kind Copland mimicked in El Salón México.” The Times, 4th June 2010

“The Venezuelan players are well drilled. In Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring they play with drive and force; they follow the contours of the music; they do the things that the score implies. They are impressive in the visceral climaxes and propulsive rhythms...if Revueltas is a passion, the CD is a must.” The Telegraph, 13th June 2010 ***

“...a Rite that develops thrilling momentum twice over, fast but without haste. It's the outcome of well-judged pacing and an awareness that extremes of pace and weight have to be kept for real climaxes...Details are fine, unexaggerated, and they add up...Astonishing playing; astonishing music.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 *****

“...the verve of these performers is quite incredible. But can they convincingly handle The Rite, with its batty accelarations and daringly skewed rhythmic idiosyncracies? Happily, the answer is resoundingly positive throughout. Alongside the gusto and through the joie de vivre of this orchestra, they are truly microscopic in their detail.” Daniel Ross, bbc.co.uk, 7th June 2010

DG - 4778775

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The Sacred Spring of Slavs

The Sacred Spring of Slavs


Shamo:

Hutsulian Watercolours

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

arr. S. Salov


Serhiy Salov (piano)

A piano virtuoso, Serhiy Salov is a master of colour and atmosphere. The Sacred Spring of Slavs is a musical depiction of pro-Slavic pagan rites created through the juxtaposition of Stravinsky’s mythical The Rite of Spring and Ukranian composer Ihor Shamo’s Hutsulian Watercolours. Salov’s goal was to highlight the parallels between the two works, both of which feature the most bizarre dissonances.

“If you haven't come across this Ukrainian pianist, prepare to be amazed. Yes, the Shamo suite has its gritty moments but its colossal difficulties are handled with breathtaking sensitivity...Salov's transcription manages to clarify the complex harmonies and rhythms while...retaining the excitement of the original” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 *****

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Stravinsky: Petrushka & the Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: Petrushka & the Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Choreography by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilev

Valeria Tsoi (The Chosen One), Vera Timashova (The Dark Spirit), Sergei Vanaev (The Wise Elder)

Moscow Classical Ballet

Petrushka

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine

Irek Mukhamedov (Petrushka), Ludmila Semenyaka (The Ballerina), Vyacheslav Elagin (The Moor), Yuri Vetrov (The Charlatan)

Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre


Pavel Sorokin

Two twentieth-century ballet masterpieces performed by major Russian ballet troupes. Petrushka is a live 1992 performance by the Bolshoi Ballet, with choreography based on the original Fokine. The Rite of Spring is a filmed 1990 studio production by the Moscow Classical Ballet starring Ilgiz Galimullin and Valeria Tsoi. 76 minutes, Color, Mono, 4:3, All regions.

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VAI - DVDVAI4516

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Stravinsky - Rite of Spring & Firebird selections

Stravinsky - Rite of Spring & Firebird selections


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei

Berceuse from The Firebird

Finale from The Firebird


Six mid-price audio releases extend the Keeping Score brand, made popular by the pioneering partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

The live recordings – also included in the DVD documentaries – feature the popular repertoire which is so engagingly depicted by MTT in the visual programmes. These affordable CDs are the perfect companions to the acclaimed DVD programmes.

“charismatic musical evangelism … genuinely fresh ideas about the presentation of classical music to a mass audience” International Record Review

“SFS remains one of the world’s most immaculate ensembles.” The Guardian

Avie Keeping Score - 82193600322

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Die schonste Ballettmusik, Vol. 7 (1950, 1952)

Die schonste Ballettmusik, Vol. 7 (1950, 1952)


Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Documents - Ballet Music - 290503

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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Les Cinq doigts: moderato

with the actors’ voices

Anna Mouglalis & Mads Mikkelsen

Five Easy Pieces: andante

Christophe Bukudjian (piano)

Les Cinq doigts: moderato

Christophe Bukudjian (piano)

Yared:

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky - original score

Gabriel Yared (piano)

Film orchestra, Jeff Atmajian


Naïve presents the original soundtrack of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, the eagerly-awaited film by Jan Kounen about the love story between the French fashion designer and the Russian-born composer. The disc includes a complete recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle – their only currently available version on CD – as well as the score by leading film composer Gabriel Yared.

Released in many countries during the next few weeks, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky stars Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen in the title roles. The first 15 minutes of the film are devoted to one of the most famous and notorious premieres in musical history, the opening performance of Stravinsky's revolutionary work for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, The Rite of Spring, in Paris on 29 May, 1913.

Accordingly this CD opens with a full performance of the legendary Stravinsky ballet, the first on CD by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, recorded in Berlin in 2003. The original soundtrack is composed by Gabriel Yared, one of today’s top film composers (The English Patient, The Talented Mr Ripley), and between these come two short piano pieces by Stravinsky also featured in the film.

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