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Igor Stravinsky : Le sacre du Printemps & Petrouchka
 
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Igor Stravinsky : Le sacre du Printemps & Petrouchka

5 May 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Release Date: 5 May 2014
  • Label: Musicales Actes Sud
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Actes Sud
  • Total Length: 1:08:24
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  • ASIN: B00J4S20UW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,902 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I won’t beat about the bush-this is the most exciting, illuminating and most important of all, enjoyable recording of these well worn works that I can recall!

2013 was the anniversary year of Le Sacre du Printemps, but celebratory new recordings were rather thin on the ground. There was a splendid, truly beautiful soft grained performance by Rattle and the BPO, complementing my all time favourite the 1960s Karajan recording (the one Stravinsky disliked so intensely), and a much more raw edged, brutal performance by Temirkanov and the SPPO, full of wrong notes but very exciting, very Russian.

Somewhat late comes this extraordinary recording compiled from live performances by Les Siècles under their founder conductor François Xavier Roth, but in this case it really is better late than never.
This is a painstaking reconstruction of the scoring, dynamic markings, tempo indications and instrumentation of the controversial premiere in 1913 and the excellent notes by Roth himself explain how radical the differences are.
Stravinsky had revised the work already twice before the official publication of the score, itself further amended by Ernest Ansermet, and this recording for the first time gives us an opportunity to experience what the audience heard on that first night-except much better played!

It was the difficulty of execution by the musicians that persuaded Stravinsky, goaded by Monteux who never liked the piece, to make immediate post premiere alterations, a process he continued until 1967!
The instruments used in this recording have been reconstructed from those of the early 20th Century-truly French Horns with piston valves, small bore trombones and trumpets, gut string instruments and genuine wooden woodwind all played at a lower pitch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Buff on 11 Jan. 2015
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A brilliant performance brilliantly captured, this recording was everything i had hoped it would be and fully justified the BBC Music Magazine rating of 5*/5* it was recently awarded.

There are things to bear in mind, however.

This performance uses a reconstruction of the score used at the very first performance of Le Sacre and uses early 20th century "period" instruments in an effort get as near as possible to what Stravinsky himself heard. I think it works really well but there are, of course, some details of instrumentation and scoring that may jar with listeners used to Stravinsky's last revision of the score. Also, the period instruments are just not as loud as their modern progeny so the dynamics of the piece are more subtle.

That said, the resultant package is terrific and this is a Sacre to relish alongside Rattle's blazing "modern" account on EMI. The Petrouchka ain't bad either!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivirose on 16 Mar. 2015
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This recording does not disappoint. The sound quality is clear and well-balanced and the interpretation is exciting and vibrant. I like the period instruments and the two Stravinsky pieces chosen for this recording complement each other well. Even on only a couple of listenings, I found myself tuning into elements of the composition I'd not noticed previously. I am not a Stravinsky aficionado but this recording has inspired me to listen to more of his work (and to listen again to those pieces of his work I already own). The booklet enclosed with the CD is informative and personally I appreciate this; it gives me further insight into the composer, the recording process and the pieces themselves and deepens my understanding when I listen to the music. Thoroughly recommend.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wotan on 9 Sept. 2014
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Having read Stewart Crewe's very learned review of Rite I cannot claim to write with such knowledge. I am simply an old lover of "classical" music and love what I know and know what I love. I have been familiar with the "received" version of Rite for about 60 years but this recording I bought out of interest really blew my mind (and at 77 this could be dangerous!). It is a revelation, it is so "in your face". The detailing is phenomenal, the raw violence and emotion is frightening, no wonder the audience revolted, they had just been assaulted. The playing is superb and I think the orchestra and audience needed to lay down and sleep in order to recover. I recommend this performance without reservation and I look forward to hearing it many times over and the next hearing will be by headphones so I can turn up the volume. DO DO BUY THIS, you will not regret it.
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