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

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MSO – 100 Years Vol 1: Hiroyuki Iwaki

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Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Messiaen:

Turangalîla Symphony

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Kaori Kimura, Takashi Harada

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hiroyuki Iwaki

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Stravinsky & Sibelius

Leonard Bernstein conducts Stravinsky & Sibelius

Fairfield Halls, Croydon, London, 27 November 1966


Sibelius:

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Humphrey Burton interviews Leonard Bernstein (BONUS)

LONDON, NOVEMBER 1966


‘Luckily for all of us, it wasn’t enough for Leonard Bernstein to compose music and conduct orchestras. He felt equally compelled to talk about music – to try and explain what made it tick, what made it good, and what made it affect us in all the ways that music does. The other piece of good luck was that Leonard Bernstein and television came along at the same time. They were born for each other.’ (Jamie Bernstein)

The films on this DVD are taken from the ‘Symphonic Twilight’ series of TV programmes made in the mid-Sixties that were the brainchild of Humphrey Burton, then the newly appointed Head of Music and Arts Programmes for the BBC.

In his booklet notes for this DVD, Burton reveals himself to have been instrumental in bringing Bernstein the conductor to the wider British public, who knew him foremost as the composer of West Side Story. In 1965 Burton persuaded Bernstein to conduct the LSO at the Royal Albert Hall and the resulting Mahler 8 was a spectacular occasion, broadcast to the nation.

The following year, they put together these programmes, filmed specifically for the new television audience. The works Bernstein chose to record are twentieth-century orchestral masterpieces, for which he is known to be a champion. His recordings of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony for CBS Records and Deutsche Grammophon were acclaimed by critics worldwide, and his interpretation of The Rite of Spring in 1959 elicited an enthusiastic ‘Wow!’ from Stravinsky himself! They are accompanied on this DVD by an in-depth interview, given here as a bonus and subtitled in French and German.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono

DVD format: NTSC

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 83’

Subtitles: F/G

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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“Thrilling performances from 1966. The Rite generates tremendous tension, while the Sibelius is liked for drama and lyricism. No wonder Bernstein starts as Jekyll and finishes looking like Hyde.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

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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


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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

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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’


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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


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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

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Jonathan Darlington conducts Debussy & Stravinsky

Jonathan Darlington conducts Debussy & Stravinsky


Debussy:

La Mer

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Duisburger Philharmoniker, Jonathan Darlington

Jonathan Darlington and the Duisburger Philhamoniker create a most exciting live recording of two key works of the twentieth century. This is part of the Living Concert Series.

“The playing is good throughout both performances...Darlington conducts both scores with understanding and conviction. He brings lots of energy and a sense of ebb and flow to the second movement of La Mer and there’s admirable vigour to his reading of the third movement.” MusicWeb International, 20th February 2014

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Firebird Suite

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Firebird Suite


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The Firebird Suite

Scherzo a la Russe

Symphonic Version

Tango No. 72

Orchestral Version (1940). Orchestration by Felix Guenther, approved by Stravinsky and first performed by Benny Goodman


“A fascinating chance to compare a composer's own interpretation with a brilliant newcomer. Ivan Fischer's new Rite of Spring is lean and hungry, razor-sharp and matches his description of it: "fresh, pagan, scary, new and beautiful"...Quite deliberate in places (Spring Rounds is surely too slow) it is full of piercing, unfamiliar detail and accumulates tremendous weight.” The Observer, 22nd January 2012

“The Rite of Spring remains a seismic event in the history of music, still astounding in a performance as gripping and as powerful as this live account by Fischer’s BFO. These Hungarians manage the remarkable feat of making this familiar music sound ever fresh and new — I love Fischer’s chamber-music textures in Dances of the Adolescent Girls, and his Dance of the Earth sounds positively volcanic.” Sunday Times, 19th February 2012

“This is one of the earthiest, most pagan accounts of the ballet around. It’s also one of the most carefully considered whenever Stravinsky writes in a slow tempo...Whenever the music jerks into high gear — the notes cascading, polyrhythms jabbing — the contrast is doubly thrilling.” The Times, 24th February 2012 ****

“Fischer and his Budapest forces possess the right ingredients: the orchestra is well drilled in an interpretation that's as straight as a Roman road; its strings are searing, and brass and wooodwind play in the clipped manner favoured by Stravinsky. In short, it's what the composer said he wanted from a performance of this music. The problem is that Stravinsky did not practise what he preached.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 **

“Fischer's The Rite of Spring is sensual and revealing...There's a elasticity to Fischer's conducting that keeps Stravinsky's score pliable...In a word, this is a 'musical' performance, one where every note seems an inevitable outgrowth of its predecessor. It's not the most viscerally exciting version on disc...[but it] avoids what Stravinsky himself labelled self-glorification.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

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