Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; The Firebrid / Tugan Sokhiev

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This fine recording is dedicated to one of the major music works of the 20th century, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, which will turn 100 years in 2013. The set includes a bonus DVD with a live performance of Rite of Spring by Tugan Sokhiev and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse during the unforgettable concert that opened the orchestra's last season.

The Independent, 12th January 2013
It's The Firebird that takes the honours here, especially the marvellously descriptive woodwind allied to the tiptoeing pizzicato strings. Here, Sokhiev seems to have penetrated to the fantastic, mythical heart of the piece.

Sunday Times, 20th January 2013
These are broad, big-boned accounts; if the Rite's final chord isn't cataclysmic, what goes before is convulsive and compelling.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
Sokhiev's Rite of Spring takes heed of the work's many textural contrasts, with plenty of bite and bounce from the strings in the 'Mystical Circles of the Young Girls' and darkly wailing lower strings in 'Spring Rounds'...I'd call it a driven performance rather than especially elemental.

The Guardian, 7th February 2013
Sokhiev's new recording with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse seems aimed at younger listeners, and would form a fine starting point for school projects...there's a DVD of the performance of The Rite of Spring that focuses on whichever instrument is prominent at any given time, and films Sokhiev from the relevant player's viewpoint, giving a real sense of what it's like to be in an orchestr.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
As for the performances, these are polished and duly exciting...as an imaginative introduction to the world of the ballets, this is a welcome set.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
Judiciously paced recitatives are accompanied unobtrusively and always permit the poetry to flow with the utmost clarity...Curtis wisely pays attention to Handel's tempo markings...There are no weak links vocally. Marie-Nicole Lemieux is a dependable Cesare and Karina Gauvin is an eloquent, steely Cleopatra. Emoke Barath's Sesto is ideally fresh-voiced and Romina Basso is a perfect fit for Cornelia.

International Record Review, March 2013
Excellent singers, without a weak link ... this Giulio Cesare is a welcome addition to this wonderful opera's now substantial discography.

MusicWeb International, 17th June 2013
Under Sokhiev the Toulouse orchestra plays The Rite with great skill and brilliance making an impressively unified sound. I felt that Sokhiev was somewhat cautious in his approach...[In The Firebird] the Toulouse orchestra under the calm, firm Sokhiev's direction fare much better. Their playing has an abundance of drama that produces a glorious wash of warm sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: La Halle Aux Grains, Toulouse, France (09/2011).



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
  • Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev
  • Ensemble: Orchestra National du Capitole De Toulouse
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev
  • Running Time: 30 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913