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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Igor Stravinsky , Simon Ratttle , Berliner Philharmoniker Audio CD
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listen  1. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): I Introduction / Introduction 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): III Danses des adolescents / Dances of the Young girls 1:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): IV Jeu du rapt / Ritual of Abduction 1:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): V Rondes printanières / Spring Rounds 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): VI Jeux des cités rivals / Ritual of the Rival Tribes 1:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): VII Cortège du sage: Le Sage / Procession of the Sage: The Sage0:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Le Sacre Du Printemps/The Rite Of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration De La Terre (Adoration Of The Earth): VIII Le Sage / The Sage0:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): IX Danse de la terre / Dance of the Earth 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): I Introduction / Introduction 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): II Cercles mystérieux des adolescents / Mystic Circles of the Young Girls 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): III Glorification de l'élue / Glorification of the Chosen One 1:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): IV Evocation des ancêtres / Evocation of the Ancestors0:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): V Action rituelle des ancêtres / Ritual Action of the Ancestors 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): VI Danse sacrale (L'Elue) / Sacrificial Dance 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Symphonies of Wind Instruments 9:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Apollon Musagète, First tableau: Prologue: The birth of Apollo 5:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen19. Apollon Musagète, Second tableau: Pas d'action (Apollo and the three Muses) 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Apollon Musagète, Second tableau: Variation of Calliope (the Alexandrine) 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen22. Apollon Musagète, Second tableau: Variation of Terpsichore 1:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Apollon Musagète, Second tableau: Second variation of Apollo 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Apollon Musagète, Second tableau: Pas de deux (Apollo and Terpsichore) 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Apollon Musagète, Second tableau: Coda 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Apollon Musagète, Second tableau: Apotheosis 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Simon Ratttle
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (April 9, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00B5DNKEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Rite of Spring, original French title, Le sacre du printemps, is a 1913 ballet with music by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. After the premiere the writer Leon Vallas opined that Stravinsky had written music 30 years ahead of its time, suitable to be heard in 1940. Coincidentally, it was in that year that Walt Disney released Fantasia, an animated feature film based on music from The Rite. Over the years, Le Sacre du printemps has remained Stravinsky's best known work due in large part to its musical uniqueness the innovative, complex rhythmic structures, timbres and use of dissonance.

In a year which sees the 100th anniversary of its milestone premiere, EMI Classics releases an exciting new recording of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Also on the disc are new recordings of Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Apollon Musagète, another of the Russian master's ballets (and one of his most serene).

Sir Simon Rattle says of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring: It's probably no accident that Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, which is really the seminal work of the twentieth 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, this sense of the Earth cracking open, that he witnessed ever 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 has been an exclusive EMI artist for more than 32 years, and has recorded over 250 works with the label. He has received three Grammy Awards, three Classical Brit and Gramophone Awards in the UK and two Echo Klassik Awards in Germany to date. Most recently, Sir Simon Rattle appeared at the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in London conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Standard April 17, 2013
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Rattle's Rite is simply the best recorded version there is. I received my first copy of the Rite in 1955 when I was four (Ormandy and Philadelphia Orchestra). My father bought it for me after seeing Disney's Fantasia. I fell in love with the music and am still in love with its raw vitality, lushness, and sensuality. There is nothing quite like the Rite of Spring in all of music. Like no other conductor Rattle captures these elements. Just listen to the Introduction to Part One. A primeval world is conjured in the lush swirling woodwinds. What Rattle does, which is amazing, is that he sustains and even heightens the propulsive elements of the music. Listen to the Games of the Rival Tribes and listen to just how driving the performance is. The Dance of the Earth is so fierce and truly awesome that it defies description. There are so many performances of the Rite that one can be become bored with its predictability. I've noticed this over the last 20 years. But Rattle brings this music to life with his intensely vivid attention to color, balance and simply sensual voluptuousness (this is starting to sound like a review of a porn film). He doesn't miss a beat. His attention to detail, while keeping a sense of the whole work, is simply remarkable and without equal in the recorded history of this work. I've really loved the Ozawa performance of the Rite for its raw brutality without losing touch with its intrinsic musicality, but Rattle does this and more. The Berlin Philharmonic performs this music with such effortless force and amazing detail that it appears that we are listening to the greatest orchestra in the world, which we probably are. I can't comment with the same assurance on Apollon. Read more ›
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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. One of the great paradoxes of Rattle's tenure has been that he has arguably had his greatest successes in the very traditional Germanic repertoire the critics have suggested he doesn't understand. His Brahms, Strauss, Bruckner, and Schoenberg have been revelatory, probably to a greater degree than his Mahler, Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky (up to this point), composers with whom he has long been associated. It's all very strange.

But with this new Le Sacre, Rattle sets out to prove his strengths as a modernist. Rattle was an acclaimed Stravinsky conductor in his early days at the CBSO, and while those readings are touched with freshness, the CBSO is no Berlin Phil. Karajan was too smooth and glib in his attempts at Le Sacre with the Berlin Phil, and in general there seems to be a deficit of recordings that feature both crushing virtuosity and an inspired conductor. So even though countless readings cram the catalog, Rattle has a real opportunity to stand out, perhaps even set a standard.

Thankfully, Rattle seized his moment. His conducting is intense and involved without feeling mannered or fussy--sighs of relief all around. With the stunning sound quality from EMI, Rattle certainly sets a new standard for orchestral virtuosity. Have the opening woodwind solos ever sounded so yearningly expectant? Yet we continue to marvel as we progress through the kaleidoscope of the highs of orchestral sumptuousness. Everything is voiced with impeccable care. We can hear each individual instrument in the whamming chords, but they are still crushing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this recording but it is ruined by the cloud ...
I love this recording but it is ruined by the cloud player. Why why why does the cloud player insert a unnatural break between movements, even if they segue, without a break, from... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Frank Rohrer
2.0 out of 5 stars Voice of Reason?
Rattle has always been hit or miss with me. There are some composers that he just doesn't seem to get, or whose style ultimately doesn't fit in with his own personal vision. Read more
Published 2 days ago by M Williams Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE RECORDING OF STRAVINSKY..
Supreme quality, respectful playing, a piece like no other.. why did people riot? Not just because of the presentation; it was also to do with Stravinsky's groundbreaking usurping... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David P. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic piece of 20th century musical culture
I'm not a huge classical music fan, but I've been hearing a ton of Russian composers with the Olympic winter games going on in Sochi. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Austin K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance
This is a fantastic and inspiring performance of Rite of Spring by a great conductor and great orchestra. It is a good one for the library.
Published 10 months ago by Penny Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tops my list
Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev Ballets Russes company. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Arnaud Wiehe
5.0 out of 5 stars My first hearing of Rattle's Rite is still in my head.
This familiar music, so beautifully recorded, sounds fresh. The Berlin players are in top form. But here is the striking quality of this performance: this is dance music, of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James L. Nuckels
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Views of Stravinsky
Any listener who didn't know Apollon musagete very well already would be hard pressed to guess that its composer was Igor Stravinsky, creator of the greatest musical scandal of all... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr. Christopher Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fresh approach to a landmark of modern music and gorgeous...
This is probably the most unique performance of this music I have ever heard. What is most impressive is the control and clarity of the difficult rhythmic patterns and some truly... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JESSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Like new
I'm not sure whether it's the recording technique but this sounds amazing. It's as if I can hear every instrument, and that hasn't happened before on my previous versions. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David C. Nutter
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