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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird, Persephone
     

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird, Persephone

by Michael Tilson Thomas
 
Some of the most exciting music making in the U.S. these days seems to be happening on the West Coast. Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony are giving American symphonists their due; Esa-Pekka Salonen's adventurous programming has attracted younger audiences to Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts; and

Overview

Some of the most exciting music making in the U.S. these days seems to be happening on the West Coast. Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony are giving American symphonists their due; Esa-Pekka Salonen's adventurous programming has attracted younger audiences to Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts; and Michael Tilson Thomas's gifts as an orchestra builder have finally put the San Francisco Symphony on the map. The SFSO sounds terrific on this beautifully-recorded Stravinsky set. The strings are luxuriously silky, the winds gleam, and the brass have a thrilling sonorous weight. "The Firebird" (1910), played complete here, is saturated with color, and Tilson Thomas makes the rhythms dance, emphasizing the music's balletic origins. "The Rite of Spring" (1913) is even more impressive -- the orchestra plays with breathtaking refinement without sacrificing any of the score's spine-tingling savagery. It is, quite simply, one of the most exciting versions on record. The third CD is devoted to a rarity, "Perséphone" (1934), Stravinsky's cool yet ravishing setting of the famous Greek myth (the text is by André Gide). Performed here in the original French, the interpretation is perfectly balanced between Stephanie Cosserat's elegant narration and tenor Stuart Neill's ardent ringing tone. Tilson Thomas sharpens the music's dramatic edge while seizing every opportunity to reveal the subtly-concealed tenderness at its core. Although each CD offers less than 50-minute playing time, the set's three discs are offered for the price of two.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/1999
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266889822
catalogNumber:
68898

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra

    1. Introduction  (02:37)
    2. Le Jardin enchantè de Kastchei/ The Enchanted Garden of Kashchei  (01:38)
    3. Apparation de I'oiseau de feu, poursuivi par Ivan Tsarèvitch/Apparition of the Firebird, followed b  (02:21)
    4. Danse de l'oiseau de feu/Dance of the Firebird  (01:25)
    5. Capture de l'oiseau de feu par Ivan Tsarèvitch/Capture of the Firebird by Ivan Tsarevitch  (00:56)
    6. Supplication de l'oiseau de feu; Apparation des treize princesses enchantèes/Plea of the Firebird;  (08:26)
    7. Jeu des princesses avec les pommes d'or (Scherzo)/Play of the Princesses with the Golden Apples (Sc  (02:27)
    8. Brusque appatation d'Ivan Tsarèvitch/Sudden Appartion of Ivan Tsarevitch  (01:29)
    9. Chorovod (Ronde) des princesses/Chorovod (Round) of the Princesses  (04:40)
    10. Lever du jour;Ivan Tsarèvitch pénètre dans le palais de Kactchei/Sunrise;Ivan Tsarevitch penetrates  (01:25)
    11. Carillon féeeerique; Apparation des monstres; Gardens de KAstchei et capture d'Ivan Tsarévitch/Magi  (05:24)
    12. Danse de la suite de Kaaaastchei enchantée par l'oiseau de feu/Dance of the Suite of Kashchei encha  (00:47)
    13. Danse infernale de tous les sujets de Kaschei/Infernal Dance of all the Subjects of Kaashchei  (10:23)
    14. Disparation du palais et des sortilèges de Kastchei; Animation des chevaliers pètrifiès' Allégresse  (03:31)

Disc 2

  1. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra

    1. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction  (03:37)
    2. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Harbingers of Spring (Dances of the Adolescents)  (03:13)
    3. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction  (01:18)
    4. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds  (03:35)
    5. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes  (01:45)
    6. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder  (00:39)
    7. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Wise Elder
    8. Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth)  (01:12)
    9. Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction (Pagan Night)  (04:47)
    10. Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls  (03:14)
    11. Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One  (01:27)
    12. Part II: The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancients  (00:39)
    13. Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancients  (03:38)
    14. Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (Chosen One)  (04:28)

Disc 3

  1. Perséphone, melodrama in 3 parts, for reciter, vocal soloist, double chorus & orchestra

    1. The Abduction of Persephone  (09:50)
    2. Persephone in the Underworld  (23:18)
    3. Persephone Reborn  (14:55)

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