Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (2SACD)

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Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno


This double album offers a testimony to Stravinsky’s overwhelming musical heritage, covering all the phases of his creative life. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) is twentieth-century music! More than any other composer, he continued to develop his compositional style throughout his seven-decade-spanning career, innovating and adopting all the most important musical trends of his century. Historically, the musical journey starts with one of the first recordings of the recently rediscovered Funeral Song (1909), composed as a tribute to his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov. The next phase in his development is represented with the raw but tremendously refined Rite of Spring (1913), Stravinsky’s most famous work that created a scandal at its Paris world premiere, and immediately turned him into a star. His Neoclassical style is showcased by Jeu de cartes (1937) and the Concerto in D (1947), whereas Agon (1957) presents Stravinsky’s original take on Schoenberg’s serialism.

This multifarious repertoire is performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and their Music Director Gustavo Gimeno, who continue their acclaimed PENTATONE series of composer portraits that already featured monographs of Shostakovich, Bruckner, Ravel and Mahler.

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Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913)

Première partie (First Part): L’Adoration de la terre

  1. Introduction
  2. Les Augures printaniers — Danses des adolescentes
  3. Jeu du rapt
  4. Rondes printanières
  5. Jeu des cités rivales
  6. Cortège du sage
  7. Adoration de la terre — Danse de la terre

Seconde partie (Second Part): Le Sacrifice

  1. Introduction
  2. Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes
  3. Glorification de l’élue
  4. Évocation des ancêtres
  5. Action rituelle des ancêtres
  6. Danse sacrale


14. Chant funèbre (Funeral Song) (1909)



Jeu de cartes (Game of Cards) (1937)

  1. Première donne (First Deal)
  2. Deuxième donne (Second Deal)
  3. Troisième donne (Third Deal)

Concerto in D «Basel» (1947)

  1. I. Vivace
  2. II. Arioso: Andantino
  3. III. Rondo: Allegro

Agon (1957)

  1. Pas-de-quatre
  2. Double pas-de-quatre
  3. Triple pas-de-quatre
  4. Prélude
  5. Premier pas-de-trois, Saraband-Step
  6. Gaillarde
  7. Coda
  8. Interlude
  9. Second pas-de-trois, bransle simple
  10. Bransle gay
  11. Bransle double (Bransle de Poitou)
  12. Interlude
  13. Pas-de-deux — Più mosso — L’istesso tempo — Refrain
  14. Coda — Doppio lento — Quasi stretto — Coda
  15. Quatre Duos
  16. Quatre Trios