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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (10 Reference Recordings)

Stravinsky,Igor
Release Date: 05/21/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 546174   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Leopold StokowskiIgor StravinskyPierre MonteuxEugene Ormandy,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraNew York PhilharmonicBoston Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Le Sacre du Printemps, (The Rite of Spring). It was exactly a century ago Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps shocked and overwhelmed its first audience, provoking a now-legendary riot at its Paris premiere whose notoriety and magnitude were unprecedented in the history of classical music. The opening-night audience included, among the ladies, gentlemen and diplomats, such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. The majority of the audience expected polite ballet music for tutus and graceful pirouettes. What they got was primeval, prehistoric Russia, the raw power of nature and a story of human sacrifice. Yet this Read more hauntingly beautiful, wildly imaginative, seminal masterpiece became highly influential to musicians and composers over the last century, including composers who wrote in completely different styles. Today, a respected, bold masterpiece, but then, a staggering challenge for listeners. This rare box set offers 10 acclaimed interpretations by noted conductors and orchestras. 10 different ways of hearing this fascinating score. - ArkivMusic Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1929-1930 
2.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1940 
3.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:    
4.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1955 
5.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:    
6.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:    
7.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1969 
8.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1972 
9.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1989 
10.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Live    

Sound Samples

Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Harbingers of Spring (Dances of the Adolescents)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction (Pagan Night)
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Choosen One
Part II: The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancients
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancients
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (Chosen One)
Part One: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction
Auguries of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Mock Abduction
Spring Khorovod (Round Dance)
Games of the Rival Clans
Procession of the Wise Elder
Adoration of the Earth (The Wise Elder)
Dance of the Earth
Part Two: The Sacrifice - Introduction
Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
Glorification of the Chosen One
The Summoning of the Ancients
Ritual of the Ancients
Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)

Customer Reviews

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 SPRING HAS SPRUNG... December 13, 2014 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "You know, I've seen the ballet several times, and I've heard almost as many performances. There's even a few sections that put me in mind of the original Star Trek episodes and a couple of the films thereof. I have now three of my favorite recordings: Pierre Monteux and the Boston Symphony; Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic; and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Each one a little different; all three unfailingly exciting and breathtaking. And while I'm at it, I have a couple of quibbles: first, the most recent version with a Russian conductor who, no matter what he does, always reminds me of Soupy Sales; when I was with the LA Phil he guest conducted and every time I looked at him I thought Soupy Sales! Second, I'm very much surprised at Stravinsky himself; when he was conducting the piece, in the final section of the Sacrificial Dance he lost control of the entire horn section; they fell apart into little fragments and couldn't get together again. I will never forget that incident in that particular recording. But then, this could and did happen in a lot of pieces. Also, one thing I liked very much: in the Ritual Performance of the Ancestors there's one theme that a lot of trumpets play legato but that Monteux has the BSO trumpet section play very detached, which gives the motive a feeling of menace to come. Also, some conductors take several sections almost adagio con schleppo while others are afraid they'll miss their train if they don't put the pedal to the metal and then some---you know who they are, by the way. But all in all, it's a masterpiece, probably the very start of modern music." Report Abuse
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