Stravinsky - Le Sacre du printemps, Petrushka
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Label: Australian Eloquence
Cat No: ELQ4823444
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 11th November 2016
ArtistsLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Thomas Rajna (piano)
Nijinsky was also involved with the production of The Rite, but as the choreographer rather than dancer. The choreography, in keeping with the ballet’s subject matter and the composer’s use of dissonance and complex rhythms, made a complete break with tradition. Looking back on the tumultuous premičre, Stravinsky described the curtain as rising on ‘rows of knock-kneed Lolitas’. The first performance, which took place on 29 May 1913, was of course one of the most famous scandals in musical history.
Both of the Stravinsky ballet scores here recorded by Erich Leinsdorf in the 1970s were released on Decca’s then super-sonic Phase 4 imprint. Decca’s lurid cover for Petrushka caused a stir and is reproduced here on this Eloquence reissue – the first release on Decca CD. Thomas Rajna, solo pianist for the Petrushka recordings, has contributed his own reminiscences for this release.
‘always interesting, sympathetic and never forced […] and an excellent contribution from Thomas Rajna at the piano’ - (Petrushka) Gramophone, March 1971
‘by no means inconsiderable as a performance, and often very clearly recorded’ - (Le Sacre du printemps) Gramophone, October 1975
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