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As the 100th anniversary of its historically premiere, what’s the best performance of Stravinsky ‘Rite of Spring’ on disc?

Posted on 16 May 2013 by admin

The deputy editor of BBC Music Magazine, Jeremy Pound gave his favourite:

I’ll go for the composer’s own recording with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra from 1960, the first that I ever got to know, and a performance whose raw, elemental power still lifts it, for me at least, above the likes of Eugene Ormandy, Valery Gergiev, Iván Fischer and, most recently, Sir Simon Rattle. (Not, I should add, that I’d want to be without any of those either.) (Whatever the limitations of Stravinsky’s baton technique, no one else on disc conjures the same bustling excitement—Amazon Editorial Reviews )

Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Petrushka / Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

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Find an animated graphical score of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring on youtube

Posted on 01 May 2013 by admin

The Rite of Spring  is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The music has influenced many of the 20th century’s leading composers and is one of the most recorded works in the classical repertoire. 2013 is 100 years anniversary since The Rite of Spring was infamously premiered by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes to the tune of audience rioting. It has been a number of performances in celebration of the revolutionary masterpiece and its continuing influence today. Taking a fresh approach to the anniversary are music synthesist Jay Bacal and music animator Stephen Malinowski, who have collaborated to create an animated, graphical score to help make sense of the still challenging work. The animation, which can be accessed via YouTube, provides clarity for non-musicians by letting ‘your eyes lead your ears’, according to Malinowski – allowing viewers to trace the work’s structure and lines of orchestration visually while listening to the music.

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Simon Rattle & The Berlin Philharmoniker New Release on EMI, The Rite of Spring

Posted on 22 March 2013 by admin

The Rite of Spring, is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, it is regard as one  of the greatest work of the 20th century. The first gramophone disc recordings of The Rite were issued was in 1929. As of 2012 there are well over 100 different recordings of The Rite commercially available, and many more held in library sound archives. It has became one of the most recorded of all 20th century musical works. Sir Simon Rattle said: “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 … 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.”

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