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Stravinsky: Le Sacre De Printemps, Petrouchka / Likija & Sanja Bizjak

Stravinsky/ Bizjak
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 171  
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lidija BizjakSanja Bizjak
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stravinsky primarily intended his piano duet versions of Petrouchka and Le Sacre du printemps for dance companies to use in rehearsal, rather than to be performed as concert pieces in and of themselves. That hasn’t stopped piano duos from frequently performing and recording them over the past four decades. Despite the lack of Stravinsky’s unique orchestrations, the music loses nothing in translation, so to speak, since the composer’s sharp note attacks and incisive rhythms often stem from the fact that he composed at the piano.

Although the arrangements pose a wealth of technical hurdles and awkward logistics in regard to not getting in the way of one’s partner, the sisters Lidija and Sanja Bizjak are accomplished enough to
Read more bypass these issues and zero on the music. Balances and tempo relationships hardly could be more seamless and fluid in Le Sacre. The woodwind flourishes in the first-part Introduction are both dead accurate and freely alive, while the big chords in Evocation des ancêstres convey majestic heft and acerbic bite at the same time. If the Bizjak sisters don’t quite match the incisive and driving energy that Paul Jacobs and Ursula Oppens generate in Petrouchka’s opening Fête populaire, or in the final section’s churning, accordion-like textures, their joyful and clean ensemble work nevertheless sets a high standard. However, the Russian Dance fails to take wing due to the duo’s rigid phrasing and lack of balletic élan. Fine performances of the two sets of four-hand Easy Pieces fill out this (mostly) attractive release.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lidija Bizjak (Piano), Sanja Bizjak (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
2.
Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lidija Bizjak (Piano), Sanja Bizjak (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 

Sound Samples

Le Sacre du printemps: I. L'Ardoration de la terre - Introduction
Le Sacre du printemps: II. Les augures printaniers
Le Sacre du printemps: III. Jeu du rapt
Le Sacre du printemps: IV. Rondes printanières
Le Sacre du printemps: V. Jeux des cités rivales
Le Sacre du printemps: VI. Cortège du Sage
Le Sacre du printemps: VII. Le Sage
Le Sacre du printemps: VIII. Danse de la terre
Le Sacre du printemps: IX. Le Sacrifice - Introduction
Le Sacre du printemps: X. Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes
Le Sacre du printemps: XI. Glorification de l?élue
Le Sacre du printemps: XII. Évocation des ancêtres
Le Sacre du printemps: XIII. Action rituelle des ancêtres
Le Sacre du printemps: XIV. Danse sacrale ? L?élue
Petrouchka: I. Fête populaire de la Semaine Grasse
Petrouchka: II. Le tour de passe ? passe
Petrouchka: III. Danse Russe
Petrouchka: IV. Chez Petrouchka
Petrouchka: V. Chez le Maure
Petrouchka: VI. Danse de la Ballerine
Petrouchka: VII. Valse de la Ballerine et du Maure
Petrouchka: VIII. Fête populaire de la Semaine Grasse (vers le soir)
Petrouchka: IX. Danse des nounous
Petrouchka: X. Le paysan et son ours
Petrouchka: XI. Le marchand et deux bohémiennes
Petrouchka: XII. Danse des cochers et des palefreniers
Petrouchka: XIII. Les déguisés
Petrouchka: XIV. Le combat entre le Maure et Petrouchka
Petrouchka: XV. Mort de Petrouchka
Petrouchka: XVI. Apparition du fantôme de Petrouchka
Cinq Pièces faciles pour piano à quatre mains (main droite facile): I. Andante
Cinq Pièces faciles pour piano à quatre mains (main droite facile): II. Española
Cinq Pièces faciles pour piano à quatre mains (main droite facile): III. Balalaïka
Cinq Pièces faciles pour piano à quatre mains (main droite facile): IV. Napolitana
Cinq Pièces faciles pour piano à quatre mains (main droite facile): V. Galop
Trois pièces faciles pour piano à quatre mains (main gauche facile): I. Marche
Trois pièces faciles pour piano à quatre mains (main gauche facile): II. Valse
Trois pièces faciles pour piano à quatre mains (main gauche facile): III. Polka

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