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Alexander Raskatov (b.1953): Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies"; Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Tomoko Mukaiyama, piano; Seattle Sym., Morlot

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  1. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": I. Volante (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": II. Adagietto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": III. Vivo meccanico (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": IV. Quasi cadenza (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": V. Furioso (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": VI. Largo. Quasi senza tempo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": VII. Quasi spettro (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": VIII. Quasi recitativo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": IX. Ruvido (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": X. Senza misura (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": XI. Poco allegretto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Raskatov — Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies": XII. Largo lontano (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 1 "Adoration of the Earth": Introduction - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 1 "Adoration of the Earth": Dances of the Young Girls - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 1 "Adoration of the Earth": Ritual of Abduction - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 1 "Adoration of the Earth": Spring Rounds - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 1 "Adoration of the Earth": Ritual of the Rival Tribes - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 1 "Adoration of the Earth": Procession of the Sage - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 1 "Adoration of the Earth": The Sage - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 1 "Adoration of the Earth": Dance of the Earth (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 2 "The Sacrifice": Introduction - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 2 "The Sacrifice": Mystic Circles of the Young Girls - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 2 "The Sacrifice": Glorification of the Chosen One - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 2 "The Sacrifice": Evocation of the Ancestors - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 2 "The Sacrifice": Ritual Action of the Ancestors - (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Raskatov — The Rite of Spring, Pt. 2 "The Sacrifice": Sacrificial Dance (Live) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Raskatov, Alexander : Concerto for Piano ("Night Butterflies")
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Alexander Raskatov is gathering an increasingly impressive international reputation, with performances of his opera A Dog’s Heart at English National Opera, Netherlands Opera and Milan's La Scala. His new Piano Concerto, written for pianist and performance artist Tomoko Mukaiyama and commissioned by the Seattle Symphony, is a major addition to the repertoire. By turns dramatic, poetic, startling and tender, it’s a journey into new sound worlds, inspired by a childhood walk in the forest surrounded by butterflies. The work is appropriately coupled with innovative sounds from a previous Russian generation – Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring – captured live in an electrifying performance in June 2014 in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This recording of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is suave, elegant, and supple. They work very well here. The fine recording has a good natural ambience. This performance would be self recommending for its type. The Piano Concerto (Night Butterflies, 2013) was a co-commission by the Seattle Symphony and the Hague Philharmonic. It is actually a set of 12 miniatures inspired by a visit Raskatov made to a butterfly greenhouse. The composer also spoke of walking through a forest in his youth and encountering butterflies. The memory returned while he was writing the concerto, producing a "fantastical North in my imagination related to the loss of my country and showed my anxiety for the lost youth, health, and hope". They all produced more interesting works than this concerto. The recording includes enthusiastic applause for the Stravinsky. I did read two enthusiastic comments about this work, and it is well performed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Sea (2014-03-20&2014-03-22_2014-).



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Works Details

>Raskatov, Alexander : Concerto for Piano ("Night Butterflies")
  • Performer: Tomoko Mukaiyama (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington (2014-03-20&2014-03-22_2014-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington (06/19/2014/06/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913