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Classics Explained: STRAVINSKY - The Rite of Spring

An exploration of Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring narrated by Jeremy Siepmann

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Jeremy Siepmann: Classics Explained: STRAVINSKY - The Rite of Spring (Siepmann)

24:51
$16.80
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Introduction, background and perspective

5:04
$1.05

A gentle, other-worldly start; no sign of the violence to come

1:33
$1.05

Music as mosaic; the composer as constructor

1:57
$1.05
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Two functions of metrical change: going with the flow...

1:23
$1.05

...or disrupting it: a sample of metrical violence

1:02
$1.05

A stealthy entry (clarinets)

0:34
$1.05

Detour: the destabilising properties of chromaticism

4:04
$1.05

On melodies, themes and motifs

1:03
$1.05

The new cor anglais motif dominates

0:27
$1.05

The oboe's rhythmic motif takes over

0:25
$1.05

A primeval awakening

0:37
$1.05

A panoply of Stravinskyan birdsong

0:59
$1.05

A matter of mode

1:15
$1.05

Cue to Introduction

0:09
$1.05

Introduction (complete)

3:38
$1.05

Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: The 'Rite of Spring' chord

0:41
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Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls

10:57
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

The great arrival: bitonality

1:35
$1.05

Putting the boot in: a metrical mugging

1:45
$1.05

The prevalence of ostinatos, and a righting of wrongs

1:51
$1.05
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Metre restores (briefly) but the 'savage motif' returns

0:50
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The musical savages routed

1:19
$1.05

An important new arrival (the 'horn motif')

1:05
$1.05

Another new theme from the horns

0:48
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A crowded conclusion

1:44
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Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction

4:16
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A real study in contrasts

1:31
$1.05

Panic and pandemonium as timpani open fire

1:10
$1.05

Climactic melee haunted by 'fear motif'

1:35
$1.05

Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds

6:34
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Suddenly another world, as flutes hover over harmonic vapour...

0:59
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...but a transient one: new movement arises from the deep

0:51
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'Dragging feet motif' over ostinato violins, twice interrupted

0:43
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'Marching motif' developed further by flutes and horns

0:45
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A trilling commentary from piccolo and high clarinet

0:25
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'Marching motif' theme goes polymetric in huge crescendo

1:17
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An unexpected change of pace as tempo doubles

0:53
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And an unexpected reversion, to a quiet close

0:41
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Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes

9:09
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Violent onslaught from brass and timpani launches the 'Rival Tribes'

0:25
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Rival Tribes, rival motifs

0:22
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Sensational violence comes close to chaos

0:38
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Effects, impressions and alteration

1:40
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A surprise re-entry and a change of instrumental clothing

0:55
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A thinning of texture, a new idea, and a rude interruption

0:34
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The new idea developed: a minor earthquake

0:41
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The use of tone colour as an agent of rhythm

1:32
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An unusual climax...

1:31
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...and a sinister transition

0:51
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Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage

3:07
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Across the threshold into an instrumental population explosion

1:29
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A sudden silence and then another world

1:00
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Catapulted into the 'Dance of the Earth'

0:38
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Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth

19:34
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Tiny changes, unyielding ostinatos, massive tension

3:19
$1.05

Cue to Part I complete

0:07
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Part I (complete)

16:08
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Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction

3:53
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Again a muted, subtly coloured start

1:09
$1.05

Tone colour as atmosphere - the strings' motif

1:07
$1.05

Four solo violas, above gently rocking strings

0:23
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A pregnant pause, and a new motif in muted trumpets

1:14
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Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls

16:27
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Motif from the Introduction varied and extended

1:28
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New motif, heralded by clarinets and violins, is introduced by alto flute

0:34
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Variant of Motif No. 2 given out by two clarinets

0:44
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Continued by oboes and bassoons; new motif in violins, cellos and bass clarinet

0:33
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Main motifs yield to new idea from flutes

0:38
$1.05

All change - direction, tone colour, metre - and two new ostinatos

0:40
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Motif No. 1 returns in horn, then passed to flutes and strings

0:46
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Texture, balance and tone colour keep changing

0:27
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Instrumental enrichment, new counterpoint and a bleat of alarm

0:40
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New derivative of Motif No. 2, a host of new sounds - and again the bleat

0:48
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Into the finishing stretch, and we know we're in for something big

0:45
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Putting the movement back together again

0:08
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Mystic Circles of the Young Girls (complete)

8:16
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Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One

12:11
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On into one of the most sensational movements ever written

1:36
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The violence is almost graphic. An example of musical terrorism

0:36
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Motif No. 2: a terrible, off-beat com-pah from strings, horns and oboes

0:13
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The air is filled with the fearsome baying of wind and violins

0:20
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A variant of Motif No. 2, but now descending

0:15
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A study in the bruality of suspense - a musical mugging

4:12
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The middle section begins with a massive but unequal confrontation

0:27
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Against the odds, the 'descending motif' comes out on top

0:23
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In the midst of the fray, a new 'rising motif' emerges...

1:03
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...and undergoes a typcially Stravinskyan expansion and compression

1:04
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A much-needed breath before the movement entire

0:17
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Glorification of the Chosen One (complete)

1:45
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Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors

3:12
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

The next movement consists of a single, chordal motif, three times varied

0:59
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The second statement: breaking the metrical flow

2:13
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Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors

10:24
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

At last the establishment of a clear and steady beat, but will it last?

1:21
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A counterpoint of ostinatos lends continuity to changing time signatures

0:42
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Horns introduce the first real motif, destabilised by multiple metres

0:33
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The motif disappears, though the background ostinato continues

0:32
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A change of mood, then the whole orchestra crashes in

0:49
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The steady pulse gives way to a tossed salad of one-bar motifs

0:43
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Lately abandoned, the steady pulse returns, as does the 'trumpet motif'

1:06
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The movement ends with a varied reprise of the opening

0:15
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Evocation of the Ancestors (complete) and Ritual Action of the Ancestors (complete)

4:23
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Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance

29:46
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

The last movement is based on two motifs, the first most motable for its rhythm

0:20
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The second motif is likewise predominatly rhythmical in effect

0:16
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Two variants: one a rhythmic simplification, the other an expansion

0:20
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Show 15 remaining tracks for Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance

A new section, again with two main motifs, the first from wind and strings

0:27
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This is joined by another bried but very striking motif from muted brass

0:20
$1.05

Tension dramatically increased by a violent interruption from timpani and gong

0:35
$1.05

Motif No. 2 is passed from bassoons to high wind and trumpets...

0:34
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...and is twice interrupted by horns

0:42
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Motif No. 1 erupts in full orchestra, then all hell breaks loose

0:48
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New ostinato, over implacable repetitions of Motif No. 1, offset by clarinets

0:27
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A new section, kick-started by percussion: timpani, bass drum and gong

1:11
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Horns, doubled by strings, introduce the main idea of this new section

0:18
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The return of the movement's opening section - or so we may think

0:54
$1.05

Dramatic compression of now-familiar material

0:40
$1.05

A terrifying cocktail of motifs old and new confounds expectations...

1:00
$1.05

...and leads to the coda, the final flourish of the whole work

1:45
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Cue to all of Part II and end of CD

0:11
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Part II (complete)

18:58
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Contents: FLAC44100

Jeremy Siepmann: Classics Explained: STRAVINSKY - The Rite of Spring (Siepmann)

24:51
$20.00
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Introduction, background and perspective

5:04
$1.25

A gentle, other-worldly start; no sign of the violence to come

1:33
$1.25

Music as mosaic; the composer as constructor

1:57
$1.25
Show 13 remaining tracks for Jeremy Siepmann: Classics Explained: STRAVINSKY - The Rite of...

Two functions of metrical change: going with the flow...

1:23
$1.25

...or disrupting it: a sample of metrical violence

1:02
$1.25

A stealthy entry (clarinets)

0:34
$1.25

Detour: the destabilising properties of chromaticism

4:04
$1.25

On melodies, themes and motifs

1:03
$1.25

The new cor anglais motif dominates

0:27
$1.25

The oboe's rhythmic motif takes over

0:25
$1.25

A primeval awakening

0:37
$1.25

A panoply of Stravinskyan birdsong

0:59
$1.25

A matter of mode

1:15
$1.25

Cue to Introduction

0:09
$1.25

Introduction (complete)

3:38
$1.25

Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: The 'Rite of Spring' chord

0:41
$1.25
Hide 13 tracks for Jeremy Siepmann: Classics Explained: STRAVINSKY - The Rite of...

Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls

10:57
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

The great arrival: bitonality

1:35
$1.25

Putting the boot in: a metrical mugging

1:45
$1.25

The prevalence of ostinatos, and a righting of wrongs

1:51
$1.25
Show 5 remaining tracks for Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of...

Metre restores (briefly) but the 'savage motif' returns

0:50
$1.25

The musical savages routed

1:19
$1.25

An important new arrival (the 'horn motif')

1:05
$1.25

Another new theme from the horns

0:48
$1.25

A crowded conclusion

1:44
$1.25
Hide 5 tracks for Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of...

Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction

4:16
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

A real study in contrasts

1:31
$1.25

Panic and pandemonium as timpani open fire

1:10
$1.25

Climactic melee haunted by 'fear motif'

1:35
$1.25

Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds

6:34
$10.00
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Suddenly another world, as flutes hover over harmonic vapour...

0:59
$1.25

...but a transient one: new movement arises from the deep

0:51
$1.25

'Dragging feet motif' over ostinato violins, twice interrupted

0:43
$1.25
Show 5 remaining tracks for Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds

'Marching motif' developed further by flutes and horns

0:45
$1.25

A trilling commentary from piccolo and high clarinet

0:25
$1.25

'Marching motif' theme goes polymetric in huge crescendo

1:17
$1.25

An unexpected change of pace as tempo doubles

0:53
$1.25

And an unexpected reversion, to a quiet close

0:41
$1.25
Hide 5 tracks for Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds

Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes

9:09
$12.50
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Violent onslaught from brass and timpani launches the 'Rival Tribes'

0:25
$1.25

Rival Tribes, rival motifs

0:22
$1.25

Sensational violence comes close to chaos

0:38
$1.25
Show 7 remaining tracks for Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the...

Effects, impressions and alteration

1:40
$1.25

A surprise re-entry and a change of instrumental clothing

0:55
$1.25

A thinning of texture, a new idea, and a rude interruption

0:34
$1.25

The new idea developed: a minor earthquake

0:41
$1.25

The use of tone colour as an agent of rhythm

1:32
$1.25

An unusual climax...

1:31
$1.25

...and a sinister transition

0:51
$1.25
Hide 7 tracks for Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the...

Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage

3:07
$3.75
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Across the threshold into an instrumental population explosion

1:29
$1.25

A sudden silence and then another world

1:00
$1.25

Catapulted into the 'Dance of the Earth'

0:38
$1.25

Stravinsky: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth

19:34
$7.55
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Tiny changes, unyielding ostinatos, massive tension

3:19
$1.25

Cue to Part I complete

0:07
$1.25

Part I (complete)

16:08
$5.05

Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction

3:53
$5.00
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Again a muted, subtly coloured start

1:09
$1.25

Tone colour as atmosphere - the strings' motif

1:07
$1.25

Four solo violas, above gently rocking strings

0:23
$1.25

A pregnant pause, and a new motif in muted trumpets

1:14
$1.25

Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls

16:27
$17.50
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Motif from the Introduction varied and extended

1:28
$1.25

New motif, heralded by clarinets and violins, is introduced by alto flute

0:34
$1.25

Variant of Motif No. 2 given out by two clarinets

0:44
$1.25
Show 10 remaining tracks for Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young...

Continued by oboes and bassoons; new motif in violins, cellos and bass clarinet

0:33
$1.25

Main motifs yield to new idea from flutes

0:38
$1.25

All change - direction, tone colour, metre - and two new ostinatos

0:40
$1.25

Motif No. 1 returns in horn, then passed to flutes and strings

0:46
$1.25

Texture, balance and tone colour keep changing

0:27
$1.25

Instrumental enrichment, new counterpoint and a bleat of alarm

0:40
$1.25

New derivative of Motif No. 2, a host of new sounds - and again the bleat

0:48
$1.25

Into the finishing stretch, and we know we're in for something big

0:45
$1.25

Putting the movement back together again

0:08
$1.25

Mystic Circles of the Young Girls (complete)

8:16
$2.50
Hide 10 tracks for Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young...

Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One

12:11
$15.00
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

On into one of the most sensational movements ever written

1:36
$1.25

The violence is almost graphic. An example of musical terrorism

0:36
$1.25

Motif No. 2: a terrible, off-beat com-pah from strings, horns and oboes

0:13
$1.25
Show 9 remaining tracks for Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen...

The air is filled with the fearsome baying of wind and violins

0:20
$1.25

A variant of Motif No. 2, but now descending

0:15
$1.25

A study in the bruality of suspense - a musical mugging

4:12
$1.25

The middle section begins with a massive but unequal confrontation

0:27
$1.25

Against the odds, the 'descending motif' comes out on top

0:23
$1.25

In the midst of the fray, a new 'rising motif' emerges...

1:03
$1.25

...and undergoes a typcially Stravinskyan expansion and compression

1:04
$1.25

A much-needed breath before the movement entire

0:17
$1.25

Glorification of the Chosen One (complete)

1:45
$1.25
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Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors

3:12
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

The next movement consists of a single, chordal motif, three times varied

0:59
$1.25

The second statement: breaking the metrical flow

2:13
$1.25

Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors

10:24
$11.25
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

At last the establishment of a clear and steady beat, but will it last?

1:21
$1.25

A counterpoint of ostinatos lends continuity to changing time signatures

0:42
$1.25

Horns introduce the first real motif, destabilised by multiple metres

0:33
$1.25
Show 6 remaining tracks for Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors

The motif disappears, though the background ostinato continues

0:32
$1.25

A change of mood, then the whole orchestra crashes in

0:49
$1.25

The steady pulse gives way to a tossed salad of one-bar motifs

0:43
$1.25

Lately abandoned, the steady pulse returns, as does the 'trumpet motif'

1:06
$1.25

The movement ends with a varied reprise of the opening

0:15
$1.25

Evocation of the Ancestors (complete) and Ritual Action of the Ancestors (complete)

4:23
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Hide 6 tracks for Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors

Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance

29:46
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

The last movement is based on two motifs, the first most motable for its rhythm

0:20
$1.25

The second motif is likewise predominatly rhythmical in effect

0:16
$1.25

Two variants: one a rhythmic simplification, the other an expansion

0:20
$1.25
Show 15 remaining tracks for Stravinsky: Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance

A new section, again with two main motifs, the first from wind and strings

0:27
$1.25

This is joined by another bried but very striking motif from muted brass

0:20
$1.25

Tension dramatically increased by a violent interruption from timpani and gong

0:35
$1.25

Motif No. 2 is passed from bassoons to high wind and trumpets...

0:34
$1.25

...and is twice interrupted by horns

0:42
$1.25

Motif No. 1 erupts in full orchestra, then all hell breaks loose

0:48
$1.25

New ostinato, over implacable repetitions of Motif No. 1, offset by clarinets

0:27
$1.25

A new section, kick-started by percussion: timpani, bass drum and gong

1:11
$1.25

Horns, doubled by strings, introduce the main idea of this new section

0:18
$1.25

The return of the movement's opening section - or so we may think

0:54
$1.25

Dramatic compression of now-familiar material

0:40
$1.25

A terrifying cocktail of motifs old and new confounds expectations...

1:00
$1.25

...and leads to the coda, the final flourish of the whole work

1:45
$1.25

Cue to all of Part II and end of CD

0:11
$1.25

Part II (complete)

18:58
$5.05
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