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Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Francis Poulenc: Les Biches

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
>Poulenc, Francis : Les biches (The Does), ballet, FP 36
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The conclusion to a three part-series of Igor Stravinsky's ballets from Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer. These recordings capture the excitement and vibrancy of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in live performance at their home of BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales.

Almost no musical work has had such a powerful influence or evoked as much controversy as Stravinsky's ballet score The Rite of Spring. The work's premiere on May 29, 1913, at the Theatre des Champs - Elysees in Paris, was scandalous. In addition to the outrageous costumes, unusual choreography and bizarre story of pagan sacrifice, Stravinsky's musical innovations tested the patience of the audience to the fullest.

This disc also features Francis Poulenc's ballet Les Biches, premiered at the Ballet Russes in 1924. Originally commissioned by Diaghilev to write a piece based on Glazunov's Le Sylphiddes, Poulenc instead chose to base his piece on the paintings of Watteau that depicted Louis XV and various women in hi 'Parc aux biches'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St David's Hall, Cardiff (06/19/2009).



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 32 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913

>Poulenc, Francis : Les biches (The Does), ballet, FP 36
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 31 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1923