For her new recording rising star Alice Sara Ott teams up with Francesco Tristano, who is a guarantor for highly innovative projects
Fascinated from the idea of Ballets Russes their challenging programme for two pianos centers upon Stravinskys extremely rhythmic and avant-garde score of The rite of spring, the crowning success de scandale of Ballets Russes and includes the catchy tune of Rimsky-Korsakovs Scheherazade
The album features an exciting new composition by Francesco Tristano himself A soft shell groove, which has never been recorded before
No ballet company influenced the 20th-century intellectual world as did Serge Diaghilevs Ballets Russes, with its signature conceptualization of dance, music and the fine arts as equal partners in a unified art form. From Nijinsky, Picasso and Cocteau to Coco Chanel, Diaghilev gathered the leading artistic lights of his time. Yet even amongst such illustrious company, one figure stands out: Igor Stravinsky, the composer who finally made ballet music acceptable to polite society.
Diaghilevs Ballets Russes became one of the most influential ballet companies of the 20th century, in part because of its ground-breaking artistic collaboration among contemporary choreographers, composers, artists, and dancers
Altogether, the choreographers and dancers of the Ballets Russes overturned many of the static conventions of classical Ballet, and ushered in the era of modern dance while preserving a sense of tradition and the heritage of the Russian ballet school
For his new productions, Diaghilev commissioned the foremost composers of the 20th century such as Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Bartok, Poulenc, Satie, Mussorgsky etc.