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  • Audio CD (7 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00007FPFN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Disc 1:

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  1. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): Introduction, Background And Perspective 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): A Gentle, Other-Worldly Start; No Sign Of The Violence To Come 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): Music As Mosaic; The Composer As Constructor 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): Two Functions Of Metrical Change: Going With The Flow... 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): ...Or Disrupting It: A Sample Of Metrical Violence 1:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): A Stealthy Entry (Clarinets)0:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): Detour: The Destabilising Properties Of Chromaticism 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): On Melodies, Themes And Motifs 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): The New Cor Anglais Motif Dominates0:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): The Oboe's Rhythmic Motif Takes Over0:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): A Primeval Awakening0:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): A Panoply Of Stravinskyan Birdsong0:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): A Matter Of Mode 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): Cue To Introduction0:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): Introduction (Complete) 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann): Part I: The Adoration Of The Earth: The Augurs Of Spring / Dances Of The Young Girls: The 'Rite Of Spring' Chord0:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: The great arrival: bitonality 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
18. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: Putting the boot in: a metrical mugging 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
19. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: The prevalence of ostinatos, and a righting of wrongs 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
20. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: Metre restores (briefly) but the 'savage motif' returns0:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
21. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: The musical savages routed 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
22. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: An important new arrival (the 'horn motif') 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
23. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: Another new theme from the horns0:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
24. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls: A crowded conclusion 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
25. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction: A real study in contrasts 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
26. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction: Panic and pandemonium as timpani open fire 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
27. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction: Climactic melee haunted by 'fear motif' 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
28. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds: Suddenly another world, as flutes hover over harmonic vapour...0:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
29. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds: ...but a transient one: new movement arises from the deep0:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
30. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds: 'Dragging feet motif' over ostinato violins, twice interrupted0:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
31. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds: 'Marching motif' developed further by flutes and horns0:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
32. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds: A trilling commentary from piccolo and high clarinet0:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
33. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds: 'Marching motif' theme goes polymetric in huge crescendo 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
34. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds: An unexpected change of pace as tempo doubles0:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
35. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds: And an unexpected reversion, to a quiet close0:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
36. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: Violent onslaught from brass and timpani launches the 'Rival Tribes'0:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
37. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: Rival Tribes, rival motifs0:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
38. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: Sensational violence comes close to chaos0:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
39. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: Effects, impressions and alteration 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
40. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: A surprise re-entry and a change of instrumental clothing0:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
41. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: A thinning of texture, a new idea, and a rude interruption0:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
42. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: The new idea developed: a minor earthquake0:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
43. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: The use of tone colour as an agent of rhythm 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
44. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: An unusual climax... 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
45. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes: ...and a sinister transition0:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
46. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage: Across the threshold into an instrumental population explosion 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
47. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage: A sudden silence and then another world 1:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
48. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage: Catapulted into the 'Dance of the Earth'0:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
49. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth: Tiny changes, unyielding ostinatos, massive tension 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
50. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth: Cue to Part I complete0:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
51. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth: Part I (complete)16:08Album Only


Disc 2:

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  1. Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction: Again a muted, subtly coloured start 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction: Tone colour as atmosphere - the strings' motif 1:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction: Four solo violas, above gently rocking strings0:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction: A pregnant pause, and a new motif in muted trumpets 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Motif from the Introduction varied and extended 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: New motif, heralded by clarinets and violins, is introduced by alto flute0:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Variant of Motif No. 2 given out by two clarinets0:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Continued by oboes and bassoons; new motif in violins, cellos and bass clarinet0:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Main motifs yield to new idea from flutes0:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: All change - direction, tone colour, metre - and two new ostinatos0:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Motif No. 1 returns in horn, then passed to flutes and strings0:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Texture, balance and tone colour keep changing0:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Instrumental enrichment, new counterpoint and a bleat of alarm0:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: New derivative of Motif No. 2, a host of new sounds - and again the bleat0:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Into the finishing stretch, and we know we're in for something big0:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Putting the movement back together again0:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls (complete) 8:16Album Only
18. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: On into one of the most sensational movements ever written 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
19. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: The violence is almost graphic. An example of musical terrorism0:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
20. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: Motif No. 2: a terrible, off-beat com-pah from strings, horns and oboes0:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
21. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: The air is filled with the fearsome baying of wind and violins0:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
22. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: A variant of Motif No. 2, but now descending0:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
23. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: A study in the bruality of suspense - a musical mugging 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
24. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: The middle section begins with a massive but unequal confrontation0:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
25. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: Against the odds, the 'descending motif' comes out on top0:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
26. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: In the midst of the fray, a new 'rising motif' emerges... 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
27. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: ...and undergoes a typcially Stravinskyan expansion and compression 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
28. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: A much-needed breath before the movement entire0:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
29. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One: Glorification of the Chosen One (complete) 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
30. Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors: The next movement consists of a single, chordal motif, three times varied0:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
31. Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors: The second statement: breaking the metrical flow 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
32. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: At last the establishment of a clear and steady beat, but will it last? 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
33. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: A counterpoint of ostinatos lends continuity to changing time signatures0:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
34. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: Horns introduce the first real motif, destabilised by multiple metres0:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
35. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: The motif disappears, though the background ostinato continues0:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
36. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: A change of mood, then the whole orchestra crashes in0:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
37. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: The steady pulse gives way to a tossed salad of one-bar motifs0:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
38. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: Lately abandoned, the steady pulse returns, as does the 'trumpet motif' 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
39. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: The movement ends with a varied reprise of the opening0:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
40. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors: Evocation of the Ancestors (complete) and Ritual Action of the Ancestors (complete) 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
41. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: The last movement is based on two motifs, the first most motable for its rhythm0:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
42. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: The second motif is likewise predominatly rhythmical in effect0:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
43. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: Two variants: one a rhythmic simplification, the other an expansion0:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
44. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: A new section, again with two main motifs, the first from wind and strings0:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
45. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: This is joined by another bried but very striking motif from muted brass0:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
46. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: Tension dramatically increased by a violent interruption from timpani and gong0:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
47. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: Motif No. 2 is passed from bassoons to high wind and trumpets...0:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
48. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: ...and is twice interrupted by horns0:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
49. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: Motif No. 1 erupts in full orchestra, then all hell breaks loose0:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
50. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: New ostinato, over implacable repetitions of Motif No. 1, offset by clarinets0:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
51. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: A new section, kick-started by percussion: timpani, bass drum and gong 1:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
52. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: Horns, doubled by strings, introduce the main idea of this new section0:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
53. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: The return of the movement's opening section - or so we may think0:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
54. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: Dramatic compression of now-familiar material0:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
55. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: A terrifying cocktail of motifs old and new confounds expectations... 1:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
56. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: ...and leads to the coda, the final flourish of the whole work 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
57. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: Cue to all of Part II and end of CD0:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
58. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance: Part II (complete)18:58Album Only

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Classics Explained: An Introduction to... STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring Author and Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann 2 CDs, including the complete work 128-page booklet Naxos 8.558085¡V86 ISBN 1-84379-028-9 Probably the most celebrated score of the twentieth century, The Rite of Spring provoked a full-scale riot at its first performance in 1913. Hardly a single serious composer in the world escaped its influence. Savage and haunting, unearthly and violent, harsh and sensual, it paints a panorama of fantastic instrumental colour, animated by a rhythmic drive and power of irresistible excitement and often astounding complexity. A whole new world of sound in its day, it retains its modernity and fascination, its thrills and its terrors, as much today as it ever did. Here we put it under the aural microscope and explore just what it is that makes it tick, and why it continues to hook listener after listener almost a century later. The work is also played in its entirety. What makes The Rite of Spring sound so remarkable even today? Perhaps it is because while it exudes primitive, earthy, even atavistic rituals, it is a famously complex score. It is difficult to play, difficult to conduct, difficult to analyse ¡V and yet we respond to it almost physically. In his masterly way, Jeremy Siepmann sheds light on how it works and why it works. He guides us safely through the maze so that we emerge with a far better understanding of this, one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.

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