Stravinsky - Le Roi des Etoiles, Le Sacre du Printemps | Pentatone PTC5186225

Stravinsky - Le Roi des Etoiles, Le Sacre du Printemps

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186225

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 16th October 2015

Contents

Artists

Menís Chorus of the New England Conservatory Choir
Boston Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas

Works

Stravinsky, Igor

The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)
Zvezdolikiy (The King of the Stars/Le Roi des Etoiles)

Artists

Menís Chorus of the New England Conservatory Choir
Boston Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas

About

According to the official police report, 27 people were injured and the distinguished Thť‚tre des Champs-Elysťes was almost completely ruined. This was the result of the tumultuous 1913 premiŤre of Le Sacre du printemps which ballet impresario Sergej Djagilev commissioned Igor Stravinsky to write for his Ballets Russes.

The audience was shocked by Stravinskyís barbaric and savage music and Nijinskyís revolutionary choreography. However, it didnít take more than three performances to turn Le Sacre du printemps into a huge success, and not more than a year for Stravinsky to become a highly respected composer in Paris.

A century later, it is clear that Stravinsky is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and his Le sacre du printemps is a benchmark composition in Western music.

While working on Le sacre du printemps, Stravinsky also wrote a cantata for male choir and orchestra entitled Le roi des ťtoiles (Zvezdůliki), based on a poem by symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont and dedicated to Claude Debussy. Musicologists have interpreted the work as a kind of Christian counterpoint to the pagan images of Russia in Sacre.

This Super Audio CD combines these two fascinating Stravinsky compositions, recorded in 1972 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Menís Chorus of the New England Conservatory Choir and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. As with all releases in Pentatone's Remastered Classics series, these 1972 quadraphonic recording tapes are now finally presented in the quality they deserved right from the start.

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