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Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps / Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin

Ashkenazy / Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berli
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001709002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It may be that none of these recordings are first choices, but all of them are very good and the choice of works makes for a more interesting that usual Stravinsky collection. Both The Rite of Spring and Agon receive performances that leave little to be desired, save perhaps a certain sharpness of focus in the latter, and sheer pulverizing power in the former, but Ashkenazy certainly has the measure of the music and he communicates his intentions to the players effectively, delivering performances that are colorful and well-paced. The best item on the disc, though, is this gutsy and propulsive Symphony in Three Movements. Ashkenazy energizes the outer movements most impressively (sound sample), and captures the stylized elegance of the Read more central Andante with confidence and ease. The engineering is consistently fine. Worth considering, then, even if most collectors will have alternatives, for The Rite at the very least.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
2.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
3.
Agon by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 

Sound Samples

Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 1. Introduction
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 2. The Harbingers of Spring, Dance of the Adolescents
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 3. Mock Abduction
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 4. Spring Rounds
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 5. Games of the Rival Tribes
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 6. Procession of the Sage
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 7. Adoration of the Earth (The Sage), Dance of the Earth
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 1. Introduction
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 2. Mystical Circle of the Adolescents
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 3. Glorification of the Chosen One
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 4. Evocation of the Ancestors
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 5. Ritual of the Ancestors
Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 6. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
Symphony in 3 Movements: 1. Allegro
Symphony in 3 Movements: 2. Andante - Interlude (L'istesso tempo)-
Symphony in 3 Movements: 3. Con moto
Agon - Ballet (1957): 1. Pas-de-quatre
Agon - Ballet (1957): 2. Double pas-de-quatre
Agon - Ballet (1957): 3. Triple pas-de-quatre
Agon - Ballet (1957): 4. Prelude
Agon - Ballet (1957): 5. 1st pas-de-trois: Saraband - step
Agon - Ballet (1957): 6. 1st pas-de-trois: Gaillarde
Agon - Ballet (1957): 7. 1st pas-de-trois: Coda
Agon - Ballet (1957): 8. Interlude
Agon - Ballet (1957): 9. 2nd pas-de-trois: Bransle simple
Agon - Ballet (1957): 10. 2nd pas-de-trois: Bransle gay
Agon - Ballet (1957): 11. 2nd pas-de-trois: Bransle double
Agon - Ballet (1957): 12. Interlude
Agon - Ballet (1957): 13. Pas-de-deux
Agon - Ballet (1957): 14. Coda
Agon - Ballet (1957): 15. Four duos
Agon - Ballet (1957): 16. Four trios

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