Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird Suite...

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Label: Channel Classics
Catalog: CCSSA32112
Format: CD

Iván Fischer with Budapest Festival Orchestra

Rite of Spring (1913), Firebird Suite (1919), Scherzo à La Russe (1944) & Tango No. 72 Orchestral Version* (1940) *orchestration by Felix Guenther, approved by Stravinsky and first performed by Benny Goodman

Revolution with a masterstroke
The recipe seems simple: take a simple melody of six notes and repeat it in the same order, accentuating a different note each time. For example:
1 2 3 4 2 5
1 2 3 4 2 5
1 2 3 4 2 5
Here we have the beginning of the Sacre du Printemps (with a short transition between lines 2 and 3)!
Next step: add a rhythmic pattern and repeat it many times.
Prepare a few of these and combine them thoroughly until you get a polyrhythmic and polytonal mix! Finished.
With his simple recipe, Stravinsky changed the world. Many plants grew from this seed: beat, rock, rap, minimal music...
A pagan, sacrifice ritual with shocking music and shocking choreography: three exceptional talents - Roerich, Nijinsky and Stravinsky - brought about
an artistic revolution with a masterstroke.
100 years later it still sounds fresh, pagan, scary, new and beautiful.
Iván Fischer (from liner notes)

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