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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Apollon Musagète / Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Simon Rattle Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00B5DNKEY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Introduction / Introduction
2. II Les Augures printaniers/ Augurs of spring
3. III Danses des adolescents / Dances of the Young girls
4. IV Jeu du rapt / Ritual of Abduction
5. V Rondes printanières / Spring Rounds
6. VI Jeux des cités rivals / Ritual of the Rival Tribes
7. VII Cortège du sage: Le Sage / Procession of the Sage: The Sage
8. VIII Le Sage / The Sage
9. IX Danse de la terre / Dance of the Earth
10. I Introduction / Introduction
11. II Cercles mystérieux des adolescents / Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
12. III Glorification de l'élue / Glorification of the Chosen One
13. IV Evocation des ancêtres / Evocation of the Ancestors
14. V Action rituelle des ancêtres / Ritual Action of the Ancestors
15. VI Danse sacrale (L'Elue) / Sacrificial Dance
16. Symphonies of Wind Instruments
17. Prologue: The birth of Apollo
18. Variation of Apollo (Apollo and the three Muses)
19. Pas d'action (Apollo and the three Muses)
20. Variation of Calliope (the Alexandrine)
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'It is probably no accident that Stravinsky s Rite of Spring, which is really the seminal work of the 20th century in so many ways, happened in 1913, just before the greatest conflagration that the world had ever known...Stravinsky talked of trying to recapture the violence, the sense of the earth cracking open, that he witnessed every spring in Russia...but on a deeper level, it s a musical metaphor for the vessel of an exhausted era cracking open.' (Sir Simon Rattle)

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose Grammy® award winning accounts of Stravinsky s Symphony in C and Symphony of Psalms are among Gramophone magazine s Top 10 Stravinsky Recordings (2011), return to the composer with a recording of the ground-breaking ballet Le Sacre du printemps, whose premiere a century ago marked a turning point in 20th century music history. The programme on this release also includes new recordings of Stravinsky s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Apollon Musagète, another of the Russian master s breathtaking ballets.

Although the premiere of Igor Stravinsky s Le Sacre du printemps in Paris on 29th May 1913 famously set off a near-riot, the work quickly became recognised as one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. The 100th anniversary of the premiere will be commemorated with performances all over the world in 2013 and, no doubt, with some new recordings. On record and in performance, Simon Rattle has championed the orchestral works of Stravinsky with insight and dedication over many years and this latest recording is an important addition to his Stravinsky discography.

Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker will tour Le Sacre du printemps to Salzburg, Baden-Baden and Luzern in August and to Paris in September 2013. After performing it again in Berlin in November, they will take it on tour to Japan.

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EMI 7236112; EMI ITALIANA - Italia; Classica Orchestrale

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Meticulous Pagan 13 April 2013
By Entartete Musik TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
What makes for a really great performance of The Rite of Spring? Surely, if anything, this piece should push an orchestra to the edge, make them bin inhibitions and assume a savage nature. Maybe the Berliner Philharmoniker is just too slick to sound suitably ferocious. For there is some really exciting playing on this new recording, with wonderfully clear textures, but it all feels a little easy, as if we were witnessing the sacrifice through anthropological eyes rather than being in the midst of the fracas.

There's no doubting Rattle has an immediate grasp of the textures, both polyphonic and homophonic. This is one of those recordings where you have to replay sections over and over again because they feel so unfamiliar. The voicing of parts is revelatory and the playing completely top notch. Even the 11 thuds which precede 'la Glorification de l'élue' are characterised afresh, with the strings more prominent than the percussion. Not for Rattle the fudge of unbridled orchestral attack and producer Christoph Franke and EMI have done brilliantly to transfer that precision to disc.

Yet something has been lost in translation. The BPO never stints on volume, but the music is always within its grasp. A virtuosic stretch with a safety net would inspire more dangerous playing. Perhaps Rattle's exploration of every layer of Stravinsky's multiplex orchestrations - not least in the 'Cortège du sage' - actually hinders the thrust of the work. So while this is one of the most transparent recordings available, you'll still need something more theatrical like Gergiev and the Kirov on your shelf.

Rattle's colourful but analytical approach pays off when it comes to the accompanying Symphonies of Wind Instruments (recorded back in 2007).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Rite in Stunning Sound Quality. 11 April 2013
By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Having seen Rattle perform the 'Rite' with the Berliner at the Proms, I was looking forward to a recording of this piece from these musicians and it doesn't disappoint. The recording quality is truly remarkable and I heard many small details that had not been evident in previous versions.

The problem with the piece, as Rattle himself has mentioned in interviews - is that the end of part 1 is a huge climax that feels like the conclusion to the work. So what often happens, is that part 2 is unable to build any further and it fails to come to a satisfying conclusion.

Rattle seems to have solved this problem and his method is to make the last part more brutal than any recording I have heard before. The bass drum sounds huge and the force of impact is really felt and heard with this recording. So when we get to the final dance, where the time signature is changing every bar - the percussion really kick up a storm and dominate the overall sound picture.

Given that Rattle started as a percussion player - it makes sense that this piece is so important to him and that he should find the solution in terms of making this section more prominent and more brutal in its impact. It also makes sense for this piece, as it is a barbaric rite of human sacrifice - not an intellectual exercise in musical theory. I found this to be my favourite version so far along with Stravinsky's own recording.

The other pieces add value to the CD and the Symphonies of Wind Instruments demonstrates some wonderful sonorities, as you would expect from these players - great energy and blending of all the instruments - at times sounding like one large instrument. I am not so keen on Apollon Musagete, but this CD is worth buying for the Rite alone - which is 5 stars and a top recommendation all the way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Having apologised for my ghastly pun in the title, let me continue in a more serious vein. While I fundamentally disagree with some of the observations about Rattle's development of the BPO and his success in the German Romantic Repertoire (NOT a widely held view and certainly not mine!)expressed in other reviews, I happily concur with the view that this is a superb recording in every aspect.
It is surprising to consider that there have been only 3 other "official" recordings of this work by this great orchestra-2 with Karajan and one with Haitink, currently and inexplicably unavailable. There are recordings of live concerts from various sources, most notably a Karajan performance from 1970 in the RFH which is dazzling, available on Testament.
Rattle on the other hand can be heard on at lest 2 earlier recordings, but this one surpasses his earlier efforts on every count.
In this performance Rattle has followed the example of Karajan in his indispensible 1963 recording by revealing that playing the notes with utmost beauty enhances the "awful" nature of the work, and his use of portamento and rubato produces extraordinary results. It is indeed beautifully played, but with grand climaxes and plenty of fireworks to satisfy audiophiles. It is also extremely well recorded, not always the case from this venue.
The music is not wildly barbaric as in some recordings, but it doesn't need to be as Rattle, following his great predecessor's lead, elicits beautiful glowing string playing, wonderfully rounded brass and plangent woodwind playing and does not allow the percussion to dominate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An valuable selection of works
Strengths:
- clarity and beauty of orchestral performance
- transparant recording
- strong and attractive selection of key works by Stravinsky... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martijn
4.0 out of 5 stars Rattle to the fore
being of a mature age, I remember the first time I heard" Le Sacre" many years ago & was then smitten with it.
today my musical tastes have mellowed somewhat . Read more
Published 14 months ago by Toby Tobias
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD of 2013
The BEST interpretation on disc.The combination of Rattle and The Berlin Philamonic are stunning. More like this please as soon as possible
Published 16 months ago by Mr. W. Noakes
2.0 out of 5 stars Not raw enough for me....
I think that the playing here is far too beautifull suggesting that Rattle does
not really understand the music. Not for me. I will stick with Dorati or Boulez. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Austen Biss
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly virtuosic Le Sacre, with Rattle at the top of his game--a...
Now that Sir Simon Rattle has announced that he is leaving the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018, many of us are wondering in retrospect what kind of legacy he will leave. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andrew R. Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Redressing the balance
I have neither yet heard this recording nor purchased it, but am likely to do so.

I just feel Mr Williams's one star "review", which is anything but a review, needs... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nigel Clough
5.0 out of 5 stars This interpretation is a masterpiece
This recording is superlative and controlling. Stravinsky's mammoth work is not easy to recreate and to be honest there have been half measures down the years. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A rhythm person
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfair and unethical new trading terms imposed by Amazon on MP3...
Mainly because I feel I was duped by Amazon - I expected an MP3 transaction as I have used in the past. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Recording
Absolutely phenomenal! What a triumphant recording this is. I can't believe Rattle has done it again- such consistency in all the recordings with the BPO.
Published 18 months ago by EvanFando123
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