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

This page lists all recordings of The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps), by Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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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)

“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

“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 *****

“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 *****

“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 ****

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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.

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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.

“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 ***

“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

“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

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

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - September 2014

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Stravinsky

Leonard Bernstein conducts Stravinsky


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

Michel Béroff (piano)

Symphony of Psalms

The English Bach Festival Chorus


This memorial concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1972 on the first anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, ‘the last great father-figure of Western music’ (Leonard Bernstein). Conducted by Bernstein, this electrifying, unique event is now being reintroduced to the public in DVD form.

Bernstein was a regular visitor to the UK, performing with a number of London orchestras, but this glamorous concert – a memorial tribute to Stravinsky given in the presence of the UK prime minister Edward Heath – was a particularly special event. Bernstein called it an homage to Stravinsky’s universality and chose the three featured masterpieces for their suggestion of ‘the extraordinary range of his art’.

Leonard Bernstein was renowned for his passion for Stravinsky’s music, having first conducted The Rite of Spring with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitsky in 1947, the only time Koussevitsky ever allowed a guest conductor to appear with his orchestra in that city – it was an indication of the success that was to follow for the young Bernstein. The performance on this DVD takes place twenty-five years later, with the virtuosic LSO on peak form, filmed in colour.

Humphrey Burton, an eminent broadcaster, biographer and director, enjoyed a twenty-year association with Bernstein, during which he directed over 170 concerts and documentaries. The author of the booklet note for this DVD, he also produced and directed the Homage to Stravinsky for television. He recently described the performance of The Rite as ‘the most stunning reportage of Leonard Bernstein’s conducting that I have ever seen’.

A few days after the performance on this DVD, Bernstein conducted the LSO in The Rite at Abbey Road in an experimental studio production.

Michel Béroff is the stunning soloist in Stravinsky’s Capriccio for piano and orchestra. At this time he was already making an international name for himself as an advocate of Stravinsky’s music, amongst other contemporary composers, having won the Messiaen competition five years prior to this performance.

Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms is the final work of the programme, a work that Bernstein felt revealed the ‘devotional Stravinsky, the true believer.’ He called it ‘undeniably the greatest musical celebration of the religious spirit to have been written in our century.’

ICA Classics’ previous two DVD releases featuring Leonard Bernstein (ICAD5082 and 5098) have received great critical acclaim. ICAD5082 was awarded a Diapason d’Or by Diapason magazine.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 82’

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/G

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“Burton is excellent...at deftly intercutting the orchestral with Bernstein's riveting conducting, which conveys an amazing range of rhythmic and dynamic distinctions...The performance itself is by turns mesmerisingly textured and blisteringly powerful, and is playing with coruscating brilliance by the orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ****

“The conductor takes the limelight, animating old Russian tunes from within and giving the music’s primal urge tumultuous momentum.” Financial Times, 2nd March 2014

“a magnetic performance which is full of the primitive savagery and energy of the music but which also reminds us that Stravinsky’s score contains a wealth of subtle detail. On this kind of form I wonder if there has ever been a conductor better equipped to translate Stravinsky’s vision into aural reality.” MusicWeb International, 28th March 2014

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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring & The Firebird

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring & The Firebird


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

The Rite of Spring


Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tugan Sokhiev

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.

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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 **

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Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps

Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Apollon musagète


Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose Grammy® award-winning accounts of Stravinsky’s Symphony in C and Symphony of Psalms are among Gramophone magazine’s Top 10 Stravinsky Recordings (2011), return to the composer with a recording of the ground-breaking ballet Le Sacre du printemps, whose premiere a century ago marked a turning point in 20th century music history. The programme on this release also includes new recordings of Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Apollon Musagète, another of the Russian master’s breathtaking ballets.

Although the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps in Paris on 29th May 1913 famously set off a near-riot, the work quickly became recognised as one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. The 100th anniversary of the premiere will be commemorated with performances all over the world in 2013 and, no doubt, with some new recordings. On record and in performance, Simon Rattle has championed the orchestral works of Stravinsky with insight and dedication over many years and this latest recording is an important addition to his Stravinsky discography.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“The performances all have the sense of utter security, tonal depth and fabulous dynamic range that are characteristic of the Berlin Philharmonic in Rattle's era...The Berliners are so much on top of their parts that there is something almost too secure about the result...It's a superbly judged performance, with just the right balance between individuality in the wind playing and immaculate ensemble” The Guardian, 21st March 2013 ****

“Stravinsky famously disliked Karajan’s supersmooth 1960s account with this orchestra, but he surely would have responded more positively to Rattle, who never allows sheer beauty of sound to undermine the rhythmic pulsing...The Berliners’ strings may be plusher than Birmingham’s, and the woodwind soloists are instrumental royalty, but Rattle preserves the visceral barbarism of this ever-astonishing score.” Sunday Times, 31st March 2013

“it is the suavity of the score that startles, especially in Rattle's subtle use of rubato (stolen time) and the cool sensuality of the woodwind solos. Those woodwind players – currently vying with the principals of the Concertgebouw for the title of world's finest – shine again in Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments.” The Independent, 30th March 2013 *****

“Beautiful, all beautiful. But beauty is not enough. We also need the primitive and rude: ingredients that Rattle and the suave Berliners tend to deliver wearing kid gloves...If you’re after an interpretation in love with the score’s quieter corners, go for Rattle with confidence; if you want Stravinsky red in tooth and claw, he’s often hard to find.” The Times, 5th April 2013 ***

“You could be forgiven for thinking this was still Herbert von Karajan’s orchestra, such is the depth of colour in The Rite of Spring and weight of string sonority in Apollon Musagète.” Financial Times, 6th April 2013 ***

“the physical impact here of maximum Berlin Philharmonic firepower is part of what the music itself calls for...Compared to the clotted cream sonorities in evidence here, Rattle's CBSO recording is far truer to the music's poised incisiveness and grace. But his new reading of The Rite of Spring with the Berlin Philharmonic is a formidable achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

“It’s indecently luxuriant and played with a confidence which almost borders on complacency...This recording is full of...sounds which will have you dusting down your miniature score in disbelief. Rarely has the second half’s intro sounded so decadent and sweaty, and I whooped for joy at hearing a normally inaudible low horn rasp a few minutes near the close.” The Arts Desk, 6th April 2013

“This is a pretty considerable account of Le Sacre. I think there is, at times, a degree of greater urgency than was the case in 1987 - perhaps the presence of an audience helped; perhaps it’s the fact that an even more experienced Rattle is now at the helm of a virtuoso orchestra...a refined and excellent performance of Apollon Musagète which benefits not only from the virtuosity of the Berlin string players but also from the fastidious ear of their conductor.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

“[Stravinsky] would surely have warmed to this new version. Rattle’s sense of pacing and proportion is unerring, and the sound has a startling vividness that makes this familiar piece seem new. One hears thickets of ticking, twittering inner parts that normally stay in the background.” The Telegraph, 19th April 2013 ****

“What struck me most was Rattle’s focus on the work’s sensuality, especially in its early stages. Even the opening bar is seductive rather than primitive...Little details that I often listen for are happily present and correct: the groaning horns come through wonderfully in the section entitled Dances of the Young Girls” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 27th May 2013

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - May 2013

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Stravinsky: Petrushka, Le sacre du printemps, Eight Instrumental Miniatures & Circus Polka

Stravinsky: Petrushka, Le sacre du printemps, Eight Instrumental Miniatures & Circus Polka


Stravinsky:

Petrushka (1947 version)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Instrumental Miniatures (8)

Los Angeles Chamber Ensemble

Circus Polka

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra


Zubin Mehta’s Decca legacy has extensively been mined by Eloquence and the latest release in this on-going exploration brings together all of his Stravinsky recordings for Decca on one CD for the first time. As one might expect, they are technicolour, sharply-etched performances (from Los Angeles) of two of Stravinsky’s greatest ballet scores – Le sacre du printemps and Petrushka, as well as the cheeky Circus Polka, and, with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (made up of LAPO members) the rarer Eight Instrumental Miniatures. The recording is issued in time for the centenary of the scandalous premiere (May 1913) of Le sacre.

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Igor Stravinsky.... Conducts

Igor Stravinsky.... Conducts


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Recorded in 1960

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

The Firebird

Recorded in 1967

Columbia Symphony Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

Recorded in 1940

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York

The Firebird

Recorded in 1946

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York


Released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 'The Rite of Spring' (Le Sacre du Printemps) & is an important historical document of Stravinsky conducting his own iconic works. CD1 featuring the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, includes 'Le Sacre du Printemps' recorded in 1960 & 'L'Oiseau de Feu' recorded in 1967. CD2 featuring the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, includes 'Le Sacre du Printemps' recorded in 1940 & 'L'Oiseau de Feu' recorded in 1946.

“The composer's blistering 1960 account of The Rite of Spring still startles.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

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First Choice - March 2013

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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


Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tugan Sokhiev

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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