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Scandale - Francesco Tristano (b.1981): A Soft Shell Groove; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade - Story of the Calendar Prince; Ravel: La Valse / Alice Sara Ott, Francesco Tristano: pianos

Album Summary

>Tristano, Francesco : A Soft Shell Groove, for 2 pianos
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for piano, 4 hands
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade, Op. 35
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
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Notes & Reviews:

For her new recording rising star Alice Sara Ott teams up with Francesco Tristano, who is a guarantor for highly innovative projects

Fascinated from the idea of Ballets Russes their challenging program for two pianos centers upon Stravinsky's extremely rhythmic and avant-garde score of "The rite of spring", the crowning success de scandale of Ballets Russes and includes the catchy tune of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade"

The album features an exciting new composition by Francesco Tristano himself "A soft shell groove", which has never been recorded before

No ballet company influenced the 20th-century intellectual world as did Serge

Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, with its signature conceptualization of dance, music and the fine arts as equal partners in a unified art form. From Nijinsky, Picasso and Cocteau to Coco Chanel, Diaghilev gathered the leading artistic lights of his time. Yet even amongst such illustrious company, one figure stands out: Igor Stravinsky, the composer who finally made ballet music acceptable to polite society. Diaghilev's Ballets Russes became one of the most influential ballet companies of the 20th century, in part because of its ground-breaking artistic collaboration among contemporary choreographers, composers, artists, and dancers

Altogether, the choreographers and dancers of the Ballets Russes overturned many of the static conventions of classical Ballet, and ushered in the era of modern dance while preserving a sense of tradition and the heritage of the Russian ballet school

For his new productions, Diaghilev commissioned the foremost composers of the 20th century such as Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy, Rimsky- Korsakov, Bartok, Poulenc, Satie, Mussorgsky etc.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
So we have excellent piano sound, some top-notch, and exciting playing. I would like to see this gain some real popularity, especially with a younger audience. As long as they're listening to great music, I don't much care if they were drawn to the disc by A soft shell groove.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Teldex Studio (09/2013).



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>Tristano, Francesco : A Soft Shell Groove, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Alice Ott (Piano); Francesco Tristano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for piano, 4 hands
  • Performers: Alice Ott (Piano); Francesco Tristano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade, Op. 35 :: The Story of the Kalendar Prince
  • Performers: Alice Ott (Piano); Francesco Tristano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Performers: Alice Ott (Piano); Francesco Tristano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920