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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring); Revueltas: La Noche de los Mayas

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  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky, Silvestre Revueltas
  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B003A3K3JW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,498 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Disc: 1

  1. Introduction
  2. The Augurs of Spring: Dances of the Young Girls
  3. Ritual of Abduction
  4. Spring Rounds
  5. Ritual of the Rival Tribes
  6. Procession of the Sage
  7. The Sage
  8. Dance of the Earth
  9. Introduction (Largo)
  10. Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
  11. Glorification of the Chosen One
  12. Evocation of the Ancestors
  13. Ritual Action of the Ancestors
  14. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
  15. 1. Noche de los Mayas (Molto sostenuto)
  16. 2. Noche de Jaranas (Scherzo)
  17. 3. Noche de Yucatan (Andante espressivo)
  18. 4. Noche de Encantamiento (Tema y variaciones)

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In Le Sacre du Printemps, Stravinsky transforms painter Nicholas Roerich’s fleeting vision of a pagan ritual in which a young girl dances herself to death as a sacrifice to the God of Spring into a musical simulation of barbaric primality.

La Noche de los Mayas, originally scored for a 1939 film, is one of Mexico’s musical treasures. This concert suite, edited by José Ives Limantour, dated to 1961, evokes a mystical lost world.

Gustavo Dudamel elicits high octane playing from his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in these two models of revolutionary music-making.

BBC Review

The Rite of Spring famously caused a riot at its 1913 premiere. Not too many pieces can claim that sort of immediate impact on the public, but the heart of it is not in anarchy–it is in youth, energy and change. These aspects of Stravinsky's landmark in 20th century composition are key to its successful performance and, in theory, there is no better kind of orchestra to tackle its spring-like explosions than one made up of blossoming youths. Furthermore, there's no better youth orchestra suited to it than the Simón Bolívar Youth Orcherstra of Venezuela. Over the the years, the product of a rigourous national cultural effort has become something cherished by the rest of the world too, the legacy of 'El Sistema' firmly etched into music's history books.

True, under the infectious leadership of Gustavo Dudamel (no longer quite such a dead ringer for Carlos Valderrama), the verve of these performers is quite incredible. But can they convincingly handle The Rite, with its batty accelarations and daringly skewed rhythmic idiosyncracies? Happily, the answer is resoundingly positive throughout. Alongside the gusto and through the joie de vivre of this orchestra, they are truly microscopic in their detail.

Early on, the Danses des adolescentes seems almost too obvious an example of the youthful exuberance you'd expect, but it truly does reverberate something inescapably childish in its brashness. Youthful players will always be disposed to the more bombastic sections of brass and percussion (the novelty of making a ruddy big noise is yet to wear off), but it is wonderful to hear that as much attention has been paid to the nimble sections. The trumpets' flutter-tonguing during Action rituelle des ancetres is especially worm-like, almost invasive, and so confident. The SBYOV are, if nothing else, eternally fixated on making the tiniest gesture as effective as it can be.

Now that the orchestra and their flamboyant artistic director have recorded some truly seminal works in their latest and most noteworthy incarnation (try their Mahler 5 if you have a spare afternoon), and they can now add The Rite of Spring to them. They've tacked on a super rendition of Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas' quixotic La Noche De Los Mayas too, but all talk will be of how the Simón Bolívar Youth Orcherstra of Venezuela conquered Stravinsky's Rite. What next? --Daniel Ross

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