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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - Versions for Orchestra & Piano Four Hands / Maki Namekawa & Dennis Russell Davies, pianos; Basel SO; Davies

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for piano, 4 hands
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The music of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" has come down to us in the form of the orchestral score (which was laid aside amid the turmoil of World War I and only published in 1922) and a piano duet version published shortly before its 1913 premiere. Both versions are presented here side by side. These are not two aesthetically equal realizations of one and the same compositional concepts. Not only was 'The Rite' conceived from the outset as an orchestral work; it also owes its overwhelming impact in great measure to the colorful and often deliberately percussive sound of its instrumental forces.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The performance by Davies and Namekawa is extraordinary. Like the orchestral one, it is powerful and in its way, vital. It is extremely dramatic and involving. The piano tone is big, strong, and dark. Davies produces a huge sound on the bottom, Namekawa is solidly brilliant on top. I am not a pianist, but it sounds as if both pianists play from their backs, not just from their arms and fingers. Those downbeats are truly powerful, and clarity is even more exceptional than in the orchestral reading and not subject to microphone vagaries. The well-distinguished lines at the end of Part I are a good example of the latter. The quiet sections are not effluent so much as classical in tone and work in their own way. I enjoyed this reading immensely.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Musiktheater Linz (10/25/2013/10/26/2013); Stadtcasino Basel (10/25/2013/10/26/2013); Musiktheater Linz (10/28/2013-10/30/2013); Stadtcasino Basel (10/28/2013-10/30/2013).



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Performer: Dennis Davies (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Ensemble: Basel Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Stadtcasino Basel (10/25/2013/10/26/2013); Musiktheater Linz (10/25/2013/10/26/2013); Stadtcasino Basel (10/28/2013-10/30/2013); Musiktheater Linz (10/28/2013-10/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for piano, 4 hands
  • Performers: Dennis Davies (Piano); Maki Namekawa (Piano)
  • Notes: Stadtcasino Basel (10/25/2013/10/26/2013); Musiktheater Linz (10/25/2013/10/26/2013); Stadtcasino Basel (10/28/2013-10/30/2013); Musiktheater Linz (10/28/2013-10/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912
  • Studio/Live: Live