The Rite of Spring


The conclusion to a three part-series of Igor Stravinsky’s ballets from Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes (following discs of The Firebird and Petrushka), 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 Théatre des Champs-Elysées 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 Les Sylphides, Poulenc instead chose to base his piece on the paintings of Watteau that depicted Louis XV and various women in his ‘Parc aux biches.’

[Fischer’s] Rite is one of the best I’ve heard – International Record Review

This live performance from an unexpected source is very, very decent … you should buy this for the generous, unusual coupling with Francis Poulenc’s rowdy, witty 1924 ballet Les biches …. As with the Rite, the performance is immaculate – The Arts Desk

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National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer

RELEASE DATE: 28/03/2011
BARCODE: 635212020524

Rite of Spring


1. Part 1: Introduction

2. Part 1: The Augurs of Spring (Les Augures printaniers) Dances of the Young Girls (Danses des adolescentes)

3. Part 1: Ritual of Abduction (Jeu du rapt)

4. Part 1: Spring Rounds (Rondes Printanieres)

5. Part 1: Ritual of the Rival Tribes (Jeux des cités rivales)

6. Part 1: Procession of the Sage (Cortège du sage)

7. Part 1: The Sage (Le sage)

8. Part 1: Dance of the Earth (Danse de la terre)

9. Part 2: Introduction

10. Part 2: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls (Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes)

11. Part 2: Glorification of the Chosen One (Glorification de l’élue)

12. Part 2: Evocation of the Ancestors (Evocation des ancêtres)

13. Part 2: Ritual Action of the Ancestors (Action rituelle des ancêtres)

14. Part 2:Sacrificial Dance: The Chosen One (Danse sacrale: L’élue)

Les Biches


15. I. Ouverture

16. II. Rondeau

17. III. Chanson dansée

18. IV. Adagietto

19. V. Jeu

20. VI. Rag-Mazurka

21. VII. Andantino

22. VIII. Petite chanson dansée

23. IX. Final

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