Stravinsky: Chant Funèbre, Le Sacre du printemps (CD)

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Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Decca has been granted exclusive worldwide rights to make the first recording of Chant Funèbre, the piece everyone believed lost forever.

Riccardo Chailly makes his debut recording with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, marking the beginning of a major new partnership.

The album restores lost work Chant Funèbre in its original Stravinsky opus sequence and adds a sonically spectacular Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring).

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Gramophone Magazine

"Chailly draws out the colours vividly with his Lucerne orchestra, silky strings and rounded woodwind voices to the fore. The Funeral Song is more than a curiosity…It’s a very good performance [of The Rite]…Chailly elicits a rhythmic grip on ‘The Augurs of Spring’ and keeps the ‘Spring Rounds’ flowing nicely, driving the finale to its exhausted collapse."

The Guardian

5 Stars

"What makes Chant Funèbre so fascinating is not that it illuminates more detail of Stravinsky’s journey towards the three ballet scores for Diaghilev that would make his name, but how it reveals a path he would not explore any further...Chailly follows it with three other early pieces...The whole sequence, brilliantly coloured and played with immaculate precision by the LFO, takes up half of this disc."

The Times

"A dazzling programme of Stravinsky. A new era has well and truly begun for the Lucerne Festival Orchestra"

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Chant Funèbre
(World Premiere Recording)

Fireworks, Op. 4

Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 3

Faun And Shepherdess for voice and orchestra, Op.2
Sophie Koch (soprano)

Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)