Stravinsky: Petrushka (Petrouchka)

This page lists all recordings of Petrushka (Petrouchka), by Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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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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Stravinsky: Petrushka & The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: Petrushka & The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

The Rite of Spring


Supraphon Ancerl Gold Edition - SU36652

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Stravinsky: The Firebird, Petrushka & The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Firebird, Petrushka & The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Petrushka

The Rite of Spring


Under their Chief Conductor David Robertson, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents a stunning live account of three seminal works: Stravinsky's The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.

Stravinsky first achieved international fame with these works, which were commissioned for – and first performed by – Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. Premiered during an extraordinary period stretching from 1910 to 1913, these ballets quite simply revolutionized music: whilst often reaching into the past for their musical and cultural material, they introduced totally new conceptions of rhythm, colour and scale. The audience famously rioted at the first performance of The Rite of Spring – and whilst we may not be so scandalized in the 21st century, the music feels no less ground-breaking.

Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House, these performances showcase a glittering Sydney Symphony Orchestra under a conductor with a rare ability to bring to life the music of the 20th century. The critical and audience response to the concerts, which can now be enjoyed again through this album, was unanimous.

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ABC Classics - ABC4814954

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Stravinsky: Petrushka & Debussy: La boîte à joujoux,

Stravinsky: Petrushka & Debussy: La boîte à joujoux,


Debussy:

La Boite A Joujoux

André Caplet (Arranger)

Stravinsky:

Petrushka


“There are some imaginative touches, especially from the winds. In bringing the puppets to life the Showman’s magical flute solo is not to be rushed…this clean and dextrous live account, shorn of applause by the way, is eminently recommendable…Morlot’s orchestra goes from strength to strength” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2016

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Stravinsky: Piano Ballets

Stravinsky: Piano Ballets


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

for piano duet

The Rite of Spring

for piano duet


Katya Apekisheva (piano) & Charles Owen (piano)

According to Stravinsky, Petrushka started out as 'an orchestral work with the piano playing the most important part – a kind of konzertstück.’ It was the impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, who persuaded him to transform this existing material into a full-length orchestral ballet score. Stravinsky almost invariably composed sat at the piano – the shape of his ideas was determined by the instrument’s essentially percussive nature. In the case of Petrushka, the title character’s distinctive harmonic profile rose directly from the juxtaposition of two chords based respectively on the keyboard’s white and black notes. The piano-duo version is therefore no mere arrangement but the original source out of which the orchestral score was fashioned.

“The contrasts are sharp, bright, and witty, and the manically-driving tempos whirl us along. These players relish both the virtuosity required, and the chance to convey comedy; the Enchantment of the second scene really is enchanting…Apekisheva and Owen light up Stravinsky’s world with every phrase pellucidly clear; the precision of their playing is a delight in itself…this performance crackles with excitement” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 *****

“Owen and Apekisheva really understand Stravinsky’s layering techniques, and a huge amount of detail comes through” International Piano, September 2016 ****

“The piano-duet arrangement of Le Sacre du Printemps in particular brings satisfaction and reward” MusicWeb International, 16th September 2016

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Stravinsky Conducts 1960 - The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky Conducts 1960 - The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka


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Stravinsky: Petrushka & Le Sacre du Printemps

Stravinsky: Petrushka & Le Sacre du Printemps


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

Julius Katchen (piano)

The Rite of Spring


There can be few, if any, musicians this century who have conducted as many illustrious and notorious premieres Pierre Monteux. As conductor of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes from 1911 to 1914 he led the first performances of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (1912), Debussy’s Jeux (1913) and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (1914), as well as the two works recorded here.

Monteux’s Petrushka was captured on disc three times (all in the 1911 version), and his affection for the work is obvious in this 1956 recording. He brought to the score his own characteristic blend of textual fidelity, clarity and effervescence.

Even more closely associated with Monteux is Le Sacre du Printemps. As well as the riotous premiere on 29 May 1913 (just two weeks after that of Jeux), he conducted the first UK and Dutch performances, and the hugely successful Paris concert premiere in April 1914. Stravinsky described this occasion as ‘a triumph such as few composers can have known the like … the musical realisation was ideal … I came on the stage and hugged Monteux, who was a river of perspiration: it was the saltiest hug of my life.’ This was the last of Monteux’s five recordings of the piece and his only one in stereo.

“It goes without saying the Monteux’s performance is magnificent. He gharges the score with drama without ever hurrying on bullying the music. In some way the recording seems to match the performance, for it is superbly natural” Gramophone Magazine, December 1957 (Petrushka)

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Stravinsky: Petrouchka & Le Sacre du Printemps

Stravinsky: Petrouchka & Le Sacre du Printemps

for piano four hands


Stravinsky:

Petrushka

for piano four hands

The Rite of Spring

for piano four hands


Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (piano four hands)

The piano was fundamental to the modest operandi of Igor Stravinsky as a composer, not least when he was writing orchestral scores. Touching the keys gave him immediate contact with sound which he considered to be a vital part of the creative process. This tactile element provided him with an opportunity to feel sonorities and harmonies in addition to hearing them and the subtleties of the instrument offered the possibility of fresh revelations at every repositioning of his fingers. As Stravinsky’s works for orchestra began life at the keyboard in this deft, exploratory way, it is not by chance that several of them translate back inti piano music with conspicuous success.

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for two pianos

Petrushka

version for two pianos


Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg set new standards in the high art, often too little appreciated, of the duo on one or two pianos. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, they are the constantly returning guests of top orchestras, festivals and concert organizers. Press reviews acclaim the Israeli artists for their consummate technical mastery, highly versatile and nuanced playing and exceptional sensitivity.

Silver and Garburg capture the playful character of the piano writing, the interplay of impulse and intensity. Nor is this superficial showmanship or mechanical interaction - rather, it is an organic and natural blending of the voices and a profound understanding of the work that determines the performance of the two exponents.

With their new recording of two highly virtuosic works by Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps and Petrushka, the two artists have met a formidable challenge. Stravinsky, who arranged this ballet music both for orchestra and for four hands, makes great demands of his pianists. In particular, their interpretation must always stand comparison with the orchestral version.

Nor is that all. Stravinsky’s works make the utmost demands of the instrument and of the artist: rich in contrast and colour, rhythmically vivid and complex, his music demands power and highly nuanced playing concentrated into a small area. This is a task that the pianist pair tackle with remarkable mastery. They unlock from the piano the timbres of an orchestra and the rhythms of a percussion kit and do it in a way that creates the impression only one person is playing.

Silver-Garburg were well on the way to promising solo careers when they paired up first privately and then at the piano. They relish the constant contrast between recitals as a duo and orchestral concerts, between intimate pieces that call upon them as a unity, works conceived as dialogue, and those in which they sit at two pianos and summon up the massed power of a full orchestra. “It’s easy for a piano duo to create effects with sheer virtuosity. But we find that far too little. We want the listeners to be touched by our music to the depths of their heart.”

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka - Vinyl Edition

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka - Vinyl Edition


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for two pianos

Petrushka

version for two pianos


Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg set new standards in the high art, often too little appreciated, of the duo on one or two pianos: acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, they are the constantly returning guests of top orchestras, festivals and concert organizers. Press reviews acclaim the Israeli artists for their consummate technical mastery, highly versatile and nuanced playing and exceptional sensitivity. Silver and Garburg capture the playful character of the piano writing, the interplay of impulse and intensity. Nor is this superficial showmanship or mechanical interaction; rather it is an organic and natural blending of the voices and a profound understanding of the work that determines the performance of the two exponents.

With their new recording of two highly virtuosic works by Igor Stravinsky, “Le sacre du printemps” and “Petrushka”, the two artists have met a formidable challenge. Stravinsky, who arranged this ballet music both for orchestra and for four hands, makes great demands of his pianists. In particular, their interpretation must always stand comparison with the orchestral version. Nor is that all. Stravinsky’s works make the utmost demands of the instrument and of the artist: rich in contrast and colour, rhythmically vivid and complex, his music demands power and highly nuanced playing concentrated into a small area. This is a task that the pianist pair tackle with remarkable mastery. They unlock from the piano the timbres of an orchestra and the rhythms of a percussion kit and do it in a way that creates the impression only one person is playing. Silver-Garburg were well on the way to promising solo careers when they paired up first privately and then at the piano. They relish the constant contrast between recitals as a duo and orchestral concerts, between intimate pieces that call upon them as a unity, works conceived as dialogue, and those in which they sit at two pianos and summon up the massed power of a full orchestra. “It’s easy for a piano duo to create effects with sheer virtuosity. But we find that far too little. We want the listeners to be touched by our music to the depths of their heart.”

Berlin Classics - 0300669BC

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