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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - Debussy: La Mer / Raat

Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573576  
Composer:  Claude DebussyIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ralph van Raat
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both La Mer by Debussy and The Rite of Spring by his friend Stravinsky are now regarded as two of the most influential pieces of the twentieth century, although these achievements were accomplished in entirely different ways. The notoriously difficult solo piano re-arrangement of Stravinsky’s own piano duet version of The Rite of Spring by the Russian pianist Vladimir Leyetchkiss (1934-2016) met with the composer’s approval. The solo piano version of La Mer by Lucien Garban (1877-1959) reinterprets the work from the perspective of Debussy’s piano output, taking works such as Images, from the same period, as a model.



The pianist's virtuosity and physical endurance carry him through his
Read more gripping performances. These solo piano transcriptions of both Le Sacre du printemps and La Mer are as convincing as the two-piano versions.

– All Music Guide (Blair Sanderson) Read less

Works on This Recording

La mer by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ralph van Raat (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ralph van Raat (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 

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