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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Petrushka (1911) / Andrew Litton

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
True to form, Litton draws exceptionally clean textures from the orchestra, notably fine woodwind colouring, with a keen eye for every facet of both scores...Litton's almost neo-classical approach brings an attractive delicacy to passages such as the 'Ritual Action of the Ancestors.

Gramophone Magazine
Virtuoso though the playing and conducting are, this is not a self-regarding performance but one that never loses contact with its deep Russian roots. The playing is polished and well balanced but can roughen to ferocious barbarity...This never has the sense of being played for thrills, yet the effect is all the more thrilling for coming from such depths...a worthy memorial to a fine artist.

International Record Review
Andrew Litton conducts the Bergen Philharmonic in what is at times a visceral reading [of Rite]. The playing is rhythmically sharp, if not quite at Stravinsky's own breakneck speeds all the time...if you're looking for a freshly painted Petrushka or a Rite to shake you up a bit, this is shockingly good. Just make sure the neighbours are out first.

The Guardian
The refinement and precision of the playing are hugely impressive. Litton's care with the textures in Petrushka and his unfussy way of teasing out the instrumental strands in The Rite of Spring matches that exactness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway.



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>Stravinsky, Igor : Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version)
  • Performer: Jarle Rotevatn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1947

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913