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Stravinsky Ballets

Sir Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra

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Denied early in his career by Philharmonia Orchestra's management, Sir Simon Rattle realized his dream of programming a concert of these three early Stravinsky ballets in a 2017 festival that launched his time as the music director of the venerable London Symphony Orchestra. It is indeed an interesting concept as the audience is given a chance to hear the harmonic and stylistic changes of Stravinsky's writing in these ballets, which were, incredibly, written within five years. All three of these works were premiered at Paris' Ballets Russes. The Firebird, which premiered in 1910, launched a productive relationship between Stravinsky and Sergei Diaghilev, the company's founder. The music of The Firebird stole the show, prompting the composer to craft his own suites from the score, and it remains among his most popular and enduring works. After the success of The Firebird, Stravinsky began to compose The Rite of Spring, but he set it aside to work on a konzertstück for piano and orchestra with the images of a puppet come to life in mind. This imagery put the story of Petrushka in the eye of Diaghilev. Petrushka is set at an 1830s Shrovetide Fair and follows the exploits of a puppeteer who brings three puppets (Petrushka, the Moor, and the Ballerina) to life with his flute. Stravinsky uses folk songs cleverly throughout and departs from the more Rimsky-Korsakov-influenced writing of The Firebird, including the use of bitonality, which he took even further in The Rite of Spring. The Rite depicts a paganistic sacrifice to usher in spring, and its use of pulsating rhythms and brash harmonies famously created an uproar at its debut (the level of which is still debated). Rattle and the London Symphony perform Stravinsky's later revised versions of Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, and all three powerful and highly emotional works are well executed.
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The Firebird, K010 (Igor Stravinsky)

1
I. Introduction
00:02:38

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

2
II. Premier tableau. Le jardin enchanté de Kastchei
00:01:34

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

3
III. Apparition de l'oiseau de feu poursuivi par Ivan Tsarévitch
00:02:08

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

4
IV. Danse de l'oiseau de feu
00:01:29

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

5
V. Capture de l'oiseau de feu par Ivan Tsarévitch - Supplications de l'oiseau de feu - Apparition des treize princesses enchantées
00:09:35

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

6
VI. Jeu des princesses avec les pommes d'or
00:02:33

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

7
VII. Brusque apparition d'Ivan Tsarévitch - Corovod (Ronde) des princesses - Lever du jour
00:07:15

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

8
VIII. Ivan Tsarévitch pénètre dans le palais de Kastchei - Carillon féérique - Arrivée de Kastchei - Dialogue - Intercession des princesses - Apparition de l'oiseau de feu - Danse de la suite de Kastchei enchantée par l'oiseau de feu
00:06:21

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

9
IX. Danse infernale de tous les sujets de Kastchei
00:04:39

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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10
X. Berceuse (L'oiseau de feu) - Réveil de Kastchei - Mort de Kastchei - Profondes ténèbres
00:05:51

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

11
XI. Second tableau. Disparition du palais et des sortilèges de Kastchei, animation des chevaliers pétrifiés. Allégresse générale
00:03:23

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

DISC 2

Petruskha, K012 (Revised 1947), Scene 1 (Igor Stravinsky)

1
I. The Shrovetide Fair (Introduction)
00:01:19

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

2
II. The Crowds
00:04:00

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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3
III. The Conjuring Trick
00:01:54

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

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4
IV. Russian Dance
00:02:46

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

Petruskha, K012 (Revised 1947), Scene 2 (Igor Stravinsky)

5
I. Petrushka's Cell
00:04:36

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

Petruskha, K012 (Revised 1947), Scene 3 (Igor Stravinsky)

6
I. The Moor's Cell
00:02:41

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

7
II. Dance of the Ballerina
00:00:48

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

8
III. Waltz (The Ballerina and the Moor)
00:03:09

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

Petruskha, K012 (Revised 1947), Scene 4 (Igor Stravinsky)

9
I. The Shrovetide Fair (towards evening)
00:01:11

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

10
II. Dance of the Wet-Nurses
00:02:38

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

11
III. A Peasant Enters with a Bear
00:01:15

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

12
IV. The Gypsy Girls Dance
00:01:04

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

13
V. Dance of the Coachmen and Grooms
00:02:09

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

14
VI. The Mummers (Masqueraders)
00:02:21

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

15
VII. Death of Petrushka
00:03:17

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

The Rite of Spring, K015 (Revised 1947), Part 1 (Igor Stravinsky)

16
Adoration of the Earth. Introduction
00:03:24

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

17
The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls
00:03:08

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

18
Ritual of Abduction
00:01:17

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

19
Spring Rounds
00:03:31

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

20
Ritual of the Rival Tribes
00:01:52

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

21
Procession of the Sage - The Sage
00:01:04

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

22
Dance of the Earth
00:01:12

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

The Rite of Spring, K015 (Revised 1947), Part 2 (Igor Stravinsky)

23
The Sacrifice. Introduction
00:04:34

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

24
Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
00:02:58

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

25
Glorification of the Chosen One
00:01:37

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

26
Evocation of the Ancestors
00:00:42

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

27
Ritual Action of the Ancestors
00:03:37

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

28
Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
00:04:46

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd 2022 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

Album review

Denied early in his career by Philharmonia Orchestra's management, Sir Simon Rattle realized his dream of programming a concert of these three early Stravinsky ballets in a 2017 festival that launched his time as the music director of the venerable London Symphony Orchestra. It is indeed an interesting concept as the audience is given a chance to hear the harmonic and stylistic changes of Stravinsky's writing in these ballets, which were, incredibly, written within five years. All three of these works were premiered at Paris' Ballets Russes. The Firebird, which premiered in 1910, launched a productive relationship between Stravinsky and Sergei Diaghilev, the company's founder. The music of The Firebird stole the show, prompting the composer to craft his own suites from the score, and it remains among his most popular and enduring works. After the success of The Firebird, Stravinsky began to compose The Rite of Spring, but he set it aside to work on a konzertstück for piano and orchestra with the images of a puppet come to life in mind. This imagery put the story of Petrushka in the eye of Diaghilev. Petrushka is set at an 1830s Shrovetide Fair and follows the exploits of a puppeteer who brings three puppets (Petrushka, the Moor, and the Ballerina) to life with his flute. Stravinsky uses folk songs cleverly throughout and departs from the more Rimsky-Korsakov-influenced writing of The Firebird, including the use of bitonality, which he took even further in The Rite of Spring. The Rite depicts a paganistic sacrifice to usher in spring, and its use of pulsating rhythms and brash harmonies famously created an uproar at its debut (the level of which is still debated). Rattle and the London Symphony perform Stravinsky's later revised versions of Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, and all three powerful and highly emotional works are well executed.
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