Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (CD)

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MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice
- November 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice
- January 2016

Destined to become one of the ultimate reference recordings of Stravinsky’s iconic work, Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna give the Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) the authentic Russian treatment - stripping back the Western European symphonic traditions of the past century, to return to the intended Russian folk origins of the piece. The musicians used scatting and singing in order to practice the rhythms and phrasing of the folk tunes entailed in Le Sacre. Le Sacre du Printemps is also a landmark piece in Currentzis’ professional career, having had his first success in Russia with the work in 2002 in Moscow.

Since the founding of MusicAeterna, Currentzis and the ensemble have brought their decisive interpretation of Le Sacre du Printemps to Western European audiences several times. Most notable has been the recent collaboration with Italian director Romeo Castellucci on his re-imagining of the staged work using machines to blast 6 tonnes of bone dust, which débuted at the 2014 Ruhrtriennale Festival in Germany, using this current recording of the work.

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Gramophone Magazine

November 2015

“The Introduction is entrancing...It’s pulsating, yet rhythmically crisp...Tam-tams in ‘The Dance of the Earth’ almost leap out from the speakers. It’s not all about power and speed...But when Currentzis asks his orchestra to let rip, they do so with savage abandon.”

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