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

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Transcriptions for Two Pianists

Transcriptions for Two Pianists


Bartók:

Two Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

Transcription for two pianos by Zoltán Kocsis

Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Transcription for two pianos by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Transcription for piano four hands by Igor Stravinsky


These two-piano transcriptions played by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy renew our experience of three great orchestral works, each of which was premiered in 1913.

Bavouzet’s version of Jeux is, like any fine transcription, far more than a memento of the original. Not only the trills and tremolandos needed on the piano to maintain sustained notes and chords, but also the interplay between the pianists, lines and motifs bouncing between them, become active participants in an intimate music of undulant ambiguity, dream, and darkness.

‘In Full Flower’, the first of the Two Pictures by Bartók, is often taken as his most Debussian composition thanks to his exploration of new scales and harmonic worlds. However, in bringing out its luxuriant and blossoming Hungarian aspects, Zoltán Kocsis emphasises rather its fully Bartókian character, which Bavouzet has conveyed to wide critical praise. The two ‘pictures’ here provide a route from Debussy’s world of erotic reverie to Stravinsky’s of ancient ritual. The thundering and the bells of the two pianos in full and accurate fury make this version of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps hardly less forceful in the hands of these two dazzling and virtuosic pianists.

“Bavouzet and his well-matched partner, François-Fréderic Guy, play with nimble grace, capturing the works wit and mystery. This gripping album is dedicated to Pierre Boulez, guru and enabler, for his 90th birthday.” The Observer, 14th June 2015 ****

“The programme works brilliantly, allowing us to hear the music as the composers did when they worked on these masterpieces and, in the case of the Rite, in the form in which it was most often played in the years after the premiere. Any losses in orchestral palette are compensated for by the clarity and wide range of colours at the pianists’ disposal.” Sunday Times, 7th June 2015

“Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and François-Frédéric Guy get every subtle detail in place.” Financial Times, 20th June 2015

“Fabulous playing from a pair of completely on-form pianists, which lends The Rite of Spring’s rhythmic themes a quite thrilling intensity.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2015

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Chandos - CHAN10863

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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos


Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for two pianos


Both come from Buenos Aires, both have made global careers for themselves.

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim are not only fellow countrymen; they also both began to give concerts in their youth, as soloists and with an orchestra.

In addition, the two have a particular interest in chamber music in common - the repertoire spanning from the classics to modernism.

They now appear together: a summit meeting of two of the most eminent pianists of the past few decades and of the present, something which is well worth looking forward to.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 76 mins

German FSK: 0

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

EuroArts - 2059994

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$40.00

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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos


Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for two pianos


Both come from Buenos Aires, both have made global careers for themselves.

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim are not only fellow countrymen; they also both began to give concerts in their youth, as soloists and with an orchestra.

In addition, the two have a particular interest in chamber music in common - the repertoire spanning from the classics to modernism.

They now appear together: a summit meeting of two of the most eminent pianists of the past few decades and of the present, something which is well worth looking forward to.

Picture format DVD: 16:9 - NTSC

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, DolbyDigital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 76 mins

German FSK: 0

Released or re-released in last 6 months

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EuroArts - 2059998

(DVD Video)

$33.50

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Stravinsky: Sacre x 2

Stravinsky: Sacre x 2


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

(original 1913 version)

The Rite of Spring

(1967 concert version)


For the first time, a recording based entirely on the composer’s autograph score: Stravinsky’s landmark work as it might have been heard on May 29, 1913.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s landmark ballet ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’, David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich recorded two different versions of this milestone work.

This release includes both Stravinsky’s original version which famously caused one of the biggest scandals in music history, as well as the version later revised by the composer in 1967.

The original version was reconsutrcted from Stravinsky’s autograph score of the work. The autograph score is hold by the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland.

About David Zinman:

Even in his 77th year, David Zinman’s enthusiasm for new music, fresh ideas and original ways of making classical music more accessible is always at the forefront of his mind. As a music director, he has raised the standard of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra to an international level. His recordings for Arte Nova of the complete Beethoven symphonies were internationally acclaimed by critics. He has introduced new types of concerts, and made the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich one of the most enviable organizations to be part of. For Arte Nova/RCA Red Seal David Zinman has recorded highly acclaimed complete symphonic cycles from composers such as Beethoven, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss.

“Zinman doesn’t attempt to recreate [the] original sound world; his performances are concerned with textual and performance details. What he’s produced is in a sense a variorum edition, which compares Stravinsky’s first and last thoughts on his most celebrated work...Taken together...they offer a fascinating perspective on the greatest of all icons of musical modernism.” The Guardian, 28th January 2015 ****

“The performances are in the Monteux tradition: not the most virtuosic, but theatrically paced and transparent, captured in brilliant sound.” Sunday Times, 1st February 2015

“This beautifully documented and generally fascinating release presents not one but two performances of The Rite of Spring…Zinman emphasizes subtleties of orchestral colour and takes great care to evoke atmosphere rather than relying on brute force…these enthralling new discs give us something different. They deserve to be listened to and studied with the closest attention.” International Record Review, March 2015

RCA - 88843095462

(CD - 2 discs)

$19.25

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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

Mozart, Schubert & Stravinsky


Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Version For Two Pianos


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

A magic moment in the history of classical music: Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim – both from Buenos Aires – team up for a duo recital at Berlin's Philharmonie.

A reunion of the two classical superstars after more than 15 years.

THE concert highlight from Berlin's fully packed Philharmonie on the occasion of the "Festtage der Berliner Staatsoper 2014"

“Stravinsky originally wrote the Rite of Spring in a two-piano version and one of the first performances was given privately by the composer and Claude Debussy. […] Argerich and Barenboim […] surely possessed even better technique than Stravinsky and Debussy and their commitment could hardly be exaggerated”. (The Guardian)

“Stravinsky's Rite of Spring prompts several adjectives: brutal, revolutionary, relentless, terrifying...But elegant? Urbane, seductive, sensuous? This astonishing performance is all that and more. Few orchestral accounts equal the colouristic range on offer here...This is keyboard sorcery near the levels reported of Chopin and Liszt.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“If there is one disc any pianophile should not miss, it is this one...even the quieter moments possess great power…[this recording] delivers everything it promises and more.” Classical Music *****

“Who had the incendiary idea of bringing together two such combustible musicians? Their Mozart is absorbing, their Schubert richly imaginative. But it is their Stravinsky...that is really breathtaking, a fusion of two wildly individual artistic minds who take the music and themselves to their limits.” Financial Times, 25th October 2014 *****

“Barenboim's instinct is to sing out, to play to the very back of the hall...[Argerich] acts in a way as a moderating influence on Barenboim's flights, thanks surely in part to her years of experience as a chamber musician...These two-piano bodges always draw from critics the cliche that one misses the orchestral colouring of the work...This shattering performance sweeps away all such notions.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

“There are few experiences in musical terms that are more satisfying than hearing performances of works you think you know in a way that makes you stop in your tracks. You submit to a new appraisal as it reveals aspects and nuances that you had been unaware of before. That is certainly what happened when I listened to this disc.” MusicWeb International, February 2015

“This is proper seat-of-your-pants, roller-coaster stuff: it’s a live recording, and you really feel that palpable sense of excitement and adrenaline, which is hardly surprising given the amount of notes they have to play! It truly is a stunning example of amazing pianistic feats, and I recommend it very highly indeed.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 27th October 2014

“If The Rite of Spring is now so familiar that it has lost its notorious shock value, listen to this performance of Stravinsky’s four-hand arrangement, recorded live in Berlin in April. The very absence of the music’s spectacular orchestral colours brings out the audacity and violence of its assault on traditional harmony and rhythm.” Sunday Times, 26th October 2014

“This is sensational: two of the world’s greatest pianists coming together for a seemingly spontaneous joint recital that hits dizzy heights of excitement. Not everything is perfect...But can the adolescents’ dance ever have sounded more eloquent than under Barenboim’s fingers, or the spring rounds more hypnotic than Argerich makes them?” The Observer, 26th October 2014 *****

“the audio experience has its own fire and majesty as these two old friends pitch in and strike sparks...an electrifying live recording.” The Times, 31st October 2014 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

27th October 2014

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DG - 4793922

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Scandale: Alice Sarah Ott // Francesco Tristano

Scandale: Alice Sarah Ott // Francesco Tristano


Ravel:

La Valse (for 2 pianos)

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35: The Legend of the Kalendar Prince

arr. for four hands

Schlimé:

A soft shell groove

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

piano duet


Alice Sara Ott (piano) & Francesco Tristano (piano)

For her new recording rising star Alice Sara Ott teams up with Francesco Tristano, who is a guarantor for highly innovative projects.

Fascinated from the idea of Ballets Russes their challenging programme for two pianos centers upon Stravinsky’s extremely rhythmic and avant-garde score of “The rite of spring”, the crowning success de scandale of Ballets Russes and includes the catchy tune of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”.

The album features an exciting new composition by Francesco Tristano himself "A soft shell groove", which has never been recorded before.

No ballet company influenced the 20th-century intellectual world as did Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, with its signature conceptualization of dance, music and the fine arts as equal partners in a unified art form.

Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes became one of the most influential ballet companies of the 20th century, in part because of its ground-breaking artistic collaboration among contemporary choreographers, composers, artists, and dancers.

DG - 4793541

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Petrouchka

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Petrouchka

recreation of the 1913 premiere


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka


One of the biggest scandals in the history of music stirred Paris as the Ballets Russes created the new ballet by Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky, 'The Rite of Spring', conducted by Pierre Monteux. To celebrate this anniversary, François- Xavier Roth, with special permission from Boosey & Hawkes and with the assistance of musicologist Louis Cyr, have endeavored to restore the 'Rite' as it was given on the evening of May 29 1913.

“plenty to admire in the playing from Les Siecles … this disc is mandatory listening.” International Record Review, September 2014

“there’s a heart-lifting sense of renewal and rediscovery...these are very worthwhile performances; indeed, those who think they know these scores will be surprised at how much other performers seem to miss...Illuminating and individual.” MusicWeb International, 19th January 2015

“It’s certainly hard to imagine the first performance, under Pierre Monteux, being as well played as this...The sound of their French-made turn-of-the-century (mostly 1880s to 1920s) instruments throws fresh light on these modern masterpieces.” Sunday Times

“Those who heard Roth and his orchestra perform The Rite of Spring at last year's Promswill remember the lithe transparency they brought to the score...But it's the Petrushka that's the real revelation here. Roth's restraint, and the elegance his woodwind players bring to their contributions, pays real dividends.” The Guardian, 29th May 2014 ***

“The textures are more pellucid, the woodwind timbres more characterful, and the music sounds springier and less brutalistic – though François-Xavier Roth could have unleashed more wildness in places.” The Times, 5th July 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - September 2014

Actes Sud - ASM15

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$17.00

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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring & The Firebird

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring & The Firebird


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

The Rite of Spring


The fifth recording of Tugan Sokhiev and his Toulouse orchestra, now considered one of the best French ensembles, was issued earlier this year as a cd book with extra dvd content. It was given many critical plaudits and is now reissued in digipack just in time to celebrate the end of the 'Rite's' centenary year. Besides his activity as Music Director at Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tugan Sokhiev 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.

Naive - V5360

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Stravinsky & Stokowski

Stravinsky & Stokowski


Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Bach/ Stokowski

Fugue in G minor, BWV578 'Little'

Bach/ Stokowski

Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV582

Bach/ Stokowski

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


Introducing the international debut Deutsche Grammophon orchestral album from leading French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the distinguished Philadelphia Orchestra.

A powerful musical tribute to the mighty Leopold Stokowski (1882–1977), 35 years after his death, from the young conductor who now continues his legacy. Stokowski spent some of his most important and fruitful years in charge of the orchestra in Philadelphia, in a position that brought him some of his greatest accomplishments. Musical showmanship, free-thinking and a populist approach to contemporary music are characteristics of Stokowski’s distinguished conducting and recording career.

This new album focuses on Stravinsky’s daring, revolutionary and game-changing ballet score, The Rite of Spring – given its American premiere performance by Stokowski and his Philadelphia Orchestra, and a work that reaches its centenary milestone in 2013.

Plus a selection of popular Stokowski transcriptions, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor (J. S. Bach), as heard in its Stokowski version in Disney’s classic Mickey Mouse movie, Fantasia.

“Another Rite of Spring? Yes, and an absorbing one. Yannick Nezet-Seguin, mercifully, pulls no special stunts upon the listener. His is not an attention-seeking performance, but one which harnesses the exceptional virtuosity of the Philadelphia players towards actually making music of a score too often subjected to the crash-bang-wallop treatment.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ****

“The opening [of Rite] is especially memorable with a darkly wailing, characterfully intoned bassoon...Thereafter the performance rides a course somewhere between guarded brilliance and elevated routine until we reach the closing 'Sacrificial Dance' which...is granted one of the most balletic performances I've ever heard, edgy, buoyant and viscerally exciting.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“any newcomer needs a strong character and a good context – this has both. Yannick Nézet-Séguin treads well that line in Stravinsky between luscious depth and power and biting clarity and impact...A cunningly constructed, beautifully played programme.” The Observer, 29th September 2013 ****

“Nézet-Séguin’s army of admirers will love the young Canadian conductor’s affectionate homage to Leopold Stokowski, his greatest predecessor as maestro of the Philadelphia Orchestra...The playing is crystal clear in a dry acoustic, though stolid at times.” The Times, 2nd November 2013 ***

DG - 4791074

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Stravinsky: Petrouchka & Le Sacre Du Printemps

Stravinsky: Petrouchka & Le Sacre Du Printemps


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

The Rite of Spring


2013 is the 100th anniversary of the first performance of the ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps" at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913. Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" became recognised as one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century and is one of the most recorded works in the classical repertoire. Maestro Gatti and the Orchestra National de France performed Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” multiple times already, including the London Proms 2010. On June 13th 2013 Daniele Gatti will conduct the Orchestre National de France performing "Le Sacre du Printemps" at the place where the piece was originally premiered - the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.

“While there is plenty of detail and some fine playing, it is hard to imagine anyone dancing to this music, never mind raising a fist.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 **

Sony - 88725442552

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