Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring, Petrushka | Quartz QTZ2117

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring, Petrushka


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Label: Quartz

Cat No: QTZ2117

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st April 2016



Katya Apekisheva (piano)
Charles Owen (piano)


Stravinsky, Igor

Petrushka (piano duet)
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps) (piano duet)


Katya Apekisheva (piano)
Charles Owen (piano)


According to Stravinsky, Petrushka started out as 'an orchestral work with the piano playing the most important part – a kind of konzertstück.’ It was the impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, who persuaded him to transform this existing material into a full-length orchestral ballet score. Stravinsky almost invariably composed sat at the piano – the shape of his ideas was determined by the instrument’s essentially percussive nature. In the case of Petrushka, the title character’s distinctive harmonic profile rose directly from the juxtaposition of two chords based respectively on the keyboard’s white and black notes. The piano-duo version is therefore no mere arrangement but the original source out of which the orchestral score was fashioned.


Apekisheva and Owen light up Stravinsky’s world with every phrase pellucidly clear; the precision of their playing is a delight in itself. Whether it’s conveying the beauty of the dawn, the pounding of heels on the earth, or the spell-binding moment when the girls form their mystic circles, this performance crackles with excitement.  Michael Church
BBC Music Magazine September 2016

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