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

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Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps

Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps

+bonus documentary: Soulscapes


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Giovanni di Palma & Kiyoko Kimura (soloists) & Wolfgang Manz, Rolf Plagge (pianos)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Leipzig Ballet, Henrik Schaefer

Staging, Choreography, Sets, Costumes, Lighting Design & Film by Uwe Scholz

Uwe Scholz, former director of the Leipzig Ballet, was hailed as one of the most brilliant choreographic minds of his generation and one of the most important German choreographers at the time of his untimely death in November 2004 at the age of 45. Scholz took up his first position as a choreographer with Marcia Haydée in Stuttgart when he was 22. He saw himself as a mixture between his teacher John Cranko and the influential George Balanchine, and the magically beautiful and extraordinarily musical choreographies that he created for houses such as the Opera in Vienna, La Scala, Zurich and Leipzig owe much to neoclassicism.This DVD recording focuses on the two interpretations of Le Sacre du Printemps that he created for 'his' Leipzig Ballet, the company that he led to international fame from 1991. The evening opens with a legendary solo interpretation, danced by Giovanni di Palma to Stravinsky's own adaptation for two pianos of the ‘Rite’. Often seen as Scholz's autobiographical legacy, this choreography shows a dancer's loneliness and despair in heartbreaking images.An emotive ensemble interpretation to the original orchestral version of the same piece forms the second half of the evening. Here Kiyoko Kimura takes the leading role among the 56 dancers on the stage.The staging proves the ensemble to be one of the best contemporary ballet companies worldwide. Günter Atteln's insightful documentary Soulscapes is a full-length homage to Uwe Scholz showing excerpts of his most important works.The film offers a warm and detailed account of a thoroughly fascinating life and includes some very personal interviews with a man consumed by his art until his last breath.

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Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez


Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Trois Nocturnes: Fêtes

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Images for orchestra

Schoenberg:

Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Booklet Notes:Tracklisting in English, French, German.

This first DVD release of Boulez' most famous interpretations is a must-have!

His ground breaking Debussy interpretations Nocturnes: Fêtes Jeux - Poème dansé and Images freed Debussy from cliché.

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (1913) and Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene (1930) confirmed Boulez as the authority on 20th century music.

A composer himself, Boulez conducts with precision and a deep understanding of the sound worlds of the composers: he "thinks music".

Includes film footage of Boulez' conducting Images and working on Fêtes Jeux.

"Pierre Boulez is arguably the most influential, and controversial, figure in the world of music today. Boulez is known as the young Turk of post-war avant-garde composition who has steadily transformed himself into one of the most authoritative interpreters of standard 19th and 20th-century music." The Guardian

“These concerts, spanning 30 years, show Boulez's consistency in achieving precision, colour and clarity. The Debussy and Schoenberg performances are classics, the Stravinsky too civilised.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 ****

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Medici Arts Classic Archive - 3085238

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Le Sacre

Le Sacre

Debussy - Stravinsky


Debussy:

En blanc et noir

6 Epigraphes antiques

Stravinsky:

Sonata for Two Pianos

The Rite of Spring

(version for piano four hands)


GrauSchumacher Piano Duo

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Stravinsky - Rite of Spring & Card Game

Stravinsky - Rite of Spring & Card Game


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Jeu de cartes


These ballet scores, written respectively in 1913 and 1937, have continued to sound fresh and new throughout the years and these are tremendously exciting performances from the USSR Symphony Orchestra and Evgeni Svetlanov. Recorded in 1966 and 1970 they were the first recordings made inside Russia of these pieces following the lifting of the ban on Stravinsky’s music.

“Stravinsky was not perhaps natural Svetlanov territory, the but conductor inspires some surprisingly lyrical playing in the slower sections of Rite, whilst Jeu de Cartes is projected with wit and considerable virtuosity.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

Melodiya - MELCD1000192

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Stravinsky - L'Oiseau de feu & Le sacre du printemps

Stravinsky - L'Oiseau de feu & Le sacre du printemps


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

The Rite of Spring


Recording dates 7, 8 June, 14 December 2007 (L'oiseau de feu); 15, 16 November 2006, 25 June 2007 (Le sacre du printemps)

“The luminous colours and weightless harmonies of the Firebird sit more comfortably with the cultured Concertgebouw than the hard-edged primitivism of the Rite of Spring. The fragrance of the "Ronde des princesses" with its leading oboe and echoing cello and bassoon lines is exquisite.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2008

“A Jansons performance has all the comfort and security of travelling in a high-class limousine. There's still much to admire, of course, especially the woodwind playing in The Firebird, while The Rite is just a little too well manicured. If you didn't know the ballet, you'd hardly guess that this is a depiction of a pagan ritual that ends in a human sacrifice; one longs for something a bit more visceral, more dangerous.” The Guardian, 4th July 2008 ***

“The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has always traded on the subtleties of its instrumental sounds, which has made it ideal for interpreting such widely diverse music as Bruckner and Ravel. It puts this distinctive colour to good use in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, reminding us that there is far more to the work than the crash, bang and wallop of its climactic dances.” The Telegraph, 12th July 2008

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Pierre Monteux conducts Rimsky Korsakov, Stravinsky & Borodin

Pierre Monteux conducts Rimsky Korsakov, Stravinsky & Borodin


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Rimsky Korsakov:

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Christmas Eve Suite: Christmas Night

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Boston Symphony Orchestra


Pierre Monteux (1875-1964) was one of the greatest French conductors of the twentieth-century, his career extending to almost 70 years, a fine musicians admired throughout Europe and the United States. He first came to international pre-eminence when he conducted – as music director of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes – the world premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in Paris in May 1913. Within a few years, he was conducting regularly in the United States and, after the end of World War I, in Europe as well. In the USA, he was music director of the Boston Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras from 1919-24 and 1936-52 respectively, and in this unique collection of finely-restored broadcast performances of Russian music under his direction we can experience again the magic and virtuosity which the universally-loved maestro invariably brought to his performances. A fabulous record.

Live recordings 1943-57

Guild Historical - GHCD2342

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Stravinsky - Petrouchka & Rite of Spring

Stravinsky - Petrouchka & Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka


London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Eugene Goossens

Everest - EVERCD007

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Stravinsky: Orchestral Works

Stravinsky: Orchestral Works


Stravinsky:

Le Chant du Rossignol

The Firebird Suite

The Rite of Spring


Reference Recordings - RR70

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Poetic, Epic Works by Strauss & Stravinsky

Poetic, Epic Works by Strauss & Stravinsky


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Lubeck Philharmonic Orchestra, Roman Brogli-Sacher

Musicaphon - M56909

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, etc.

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Symphony in 3 movements


“Jonathan Nott and the Bamberger Symphoniker have plenty of shock and awe, notably in the transition to the 'Glorification of the Chosen One'; but the effect, if not the volume, is muted, while the poetry and excitement is only rarely apparent. …the Symphony in Three Movements are significantly better, though not enough to challenge Simon Rattle's masterly account (EMI).” BBC Music Magazine, January 2008 ***

“Jonathan Nott has certainly put his mark on the Bamberg Orchestra: the quality and personality of their playing is transformed. …the opening of the Rite is magically evocative, matched by a string ensemble of comparable calibre. The beginning of Part 2 is poignantly unearthly in feeling... the "Glorification of the Chosen One" makes a truly malignant impact and the closing "Sacrificial Dance" moves to a powerful climax... The performance of the engaging Symphony in Three Movements makes a perfect foil, a beautifully judged performance that relishes the syncopations and lighter scoring.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2007

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