Stravinsky: Ballets Russes 2-cd
Label: harmonia mundi
Composers are enough to revolutionize music. With L'Oiseau de feu and Petrouchka - one fairy-tale, the other folk - and of course the Sacre du printemps, an earthy incantation full of nonsensical harmonies and rhythms, Stravinsky explodes the Romantic orchestra to take it into literally unheard-of spaces. François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles were among the very first to perform these works with instruments from their period of origin. The profound rediscovery of this epochal music, on their initiative, allows today's listeners to fully enjoy its boldness and austere, primal power.