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Classics Explained: Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

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Catalogue number8558085-86
Release date2003-06-09
Discs2

 
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Siepmann, Jeremy
  Classics Explained: STRAVINSKY - The Rite of Spring (Siepmann) 24:48
01 Introduction, background and perspective 05:03 $ 0.91 USD
02 A gentle, other-worldly start; no sign of the violence to
come
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03 Music as mosaic; the composer as constructor 01:57 $ 0.35 USD
04 Two functions of metrical change: going with the flow... 01:23 $ 0.25 USD
05 ...or disrupting it: a sample of metrical violence 01:02 $ 0.19 USD
06 A stealthy entry (clarinets) 00:34 $ 0.10 USD
07 Detour: the destabilising properties of chromaticism 04:04 $ 0.73 USD
08 On melodies, themes and motifs 01:03 $ 0.19 USD
09 The new cor anglais motif dominates 00:27 $ 0.08 USD
10 The oboe's rhythmic motif takes over 00:25 $ 0.08 USD
11 A primeval awakening 00:37 $ 0.11 USD
12 A panoply of Stravinskyan birdsong 00:58 $ 0.17 USD
13 A matter of mode 01:15 $ 0.23 USD
14 Cue to Introduction 00:08 $ 0.02 USD
15 Introduction (complete) 03:38 $ 0.65 USD
16 Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring /
Dances of the Young Girls: The 'Rite of Spring' chord
00:41 $ 0.12 USD
 
  Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring /
Dances of the Young Girls
10:55
17 The great arrival: bitonality 01:35 $ 0.29 USD
18 Putting the boot in: a metrical mugging 01:45 $ 0.32 USD
19 The prevalence of ostinatos, and a righting of wrongs 01:51 $ 0.33 USD
20 Metre restores (briefly) but the 'savage motif' returns 00:50 $ 0.15 USD
21 The musical savages routed 01:19 $ 0.24 USD
22 An important new arrival (the 'horn motif') 01:04 $ 0.19 USD
23 Another new theme from the horns 00:48 $ 0.14 USD
24 A crowded conclusion 01:43 $ 0.31 USD
 
  Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction 04:14
25 A real study in contrasts 01:31 $ 0.27 USD
26 Panic and pandemonium as timpani open fire 01:09 $ 0.21 USD
27 Climactic melee haunted by 'fear motif' 01:34 $ 0.28 USD
 
  Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds 06:31
28 Suddenly another world, as flutes hover over harmonic
vapour...
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29 ...but a transient one: new movement arises from the deep 00:50 $ 0.15 USD
30 'Dragging feet motif' over ostinato violins, twice
interrupted
00:42 $ 0.13 USD
31 'Marching motif' developed further by flutes and horns 00:45 $ 0.14 USD
32 A trilling commentary from piccolo and high clarinet 00:25 $ 0.08 USD
33 'Marching motif' theme goes polymetric in huge crescendo 01:16 $ 0.23 USD
34 An unexpected change of pace as tempo doubles 00:53 $ 0.16 USD
35 And an unexpected reversion, to a quiet close 00:41 $ 0.12 USD
 
  Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes 09:06
36 Violent onslaught from brass and timpani launches the 'Rival
Tribes'
00:25 $ 0.08 USD
37 Rival Tribes, rival motifs 00:22 $ 0.07 USD
38 Sensational violence comes close to chaos 00:38 $ 0.11 USD
39 Effects, impressions and alteration 01:39 $ 0.30 USD
40 A surprise re-entry and a change of instrumental clothing 00:54 $ 0.16 USD
41 A thinning of texture, a new idea, and a rude interruption 00:34 $ 0.10 USD
42 The new idea developed: a minor earthquake 00:41 $ 0.12 USD
43 The use of tone colour as an agent of rhythm 01:32 $ 0.28 USD
44 An unusual climax... 01:30 $ 0.27 USD
45 ...and a sinister transition 00:51 $ 0.15 USD
 
  Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage 03:07
46 Across the threshold into an instrumental population
explosion
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47 A sudden silence and then another world 01:00 $ 0.18 USD
48 Catapulted into the 'Dance of the Earth' 00:38 $ 0.11 USD
 
  Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth 19:34
49 Tiny changes, unyielding ostinatos, massive tension 03:19 $ 0.60 USD
50 Cue to Part I complete 00:07 $ 0.02 USD
51 Part I (complete) 16:08 $ 2.90 USD
 
 
Disc 2
  Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction 03:53
01 Again a muted, subtly coloured start 01:09 $ 0.21 USD
02 Tone colour as atmosphere - the strings' motif 01:07 $ 0.20 USD
03 Four solo violas, above gently rocking strings 00:23 $ 0.07 USD
04 A pregnant pause, and a new motif in muted trumpets 01:14 $ 0.22 USD
 
  Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls 16:19
05 Motif from the Introduction varied and extended 01:27 $ 0.26 USD
06 New motif, heralded by clarinets and violins, is introduced
by alto flute
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07 Variant of Motif No. 2 given out by two clarinets 00:44 $ 0.13 USD
08 Continued by oboes and bassoons; new motif in violins,
cellos and bass clarinet
00:33 $ 0.10 USD
09 Main motifs yield to new idea from flutes 00:38 $ 0.11 USD
10 All change - direction, tone colour, metre - and two new
ostinatos
00:40 $ 0.12 USD
11 Motif No. 1 returns in horn, then passed to flutes and
strings
00:46 $ 0.14 USD
12 Texture, balance and tone colour keep changing 00:26 $ 0.08 USD
13 Instrumental enrichment, new counterpoint and a bleat of
alarm
00:40 $ 0.12 USD
14 New derivative of Motif No. 2, a host of new sounds - and
again the bleat
00:48 $ 0.14 USD
15 Into the finishing stretch, and we know we're in for
something big
00:40 $ 0.12 USD
16 Putting the movement back together again 00:07 $ 0.02 USD
17 Mystic Circles of the Young Girls (complete) 08:16 $ 1.49 USD
 
  Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One 12:07
18 On into one of the most sensational movements ever written 01:36 $ 0.29 USD
19 The violence is almost graphic. An example of musical
terrorism
00:35 $ 0.11 USD
20 Motif No. 2: a terrible, off-beat com-pah from strings,
horns and oboes
00:13 $ 0.04 USD
21 The air is filled with the fearsome baying of wind and
violins
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22 A variant of Motif No. 2, but now descending 00:14 $ 0.04 USD
23 A study in the bruality of suspense - a musical mugging 04:12 $ 0.76 USD
24 The middle section begins with a massive but unequal
confrontation
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25 Against the odds, the 'descending motif' comes out on top 00:23 $ 0.07 USD
26 In the midst of the fray, a new 'rising motif' emerges... 01:02 $ 0.19 USD
27 ...and undergoes a typcially Stravinskyan expansion and
compression
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28 A much-needed breath before the movement entire 00:17 $ 0.05 USD
29 Glorification of the Chosen One (complete) 01:45 $ 0.32 USD
 
  Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors 03:11
30 The next movement consists of a single, chordal motif, three
times varied
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31 The second statement: breaking the metrical flow 02:13 $ 0.40 USD
 
  Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors 10:46
32 At last the establishment of a clear and steady beat, but
will it last?
01:21 $ 0.24 USD
33 A counterpoint of ostinatos lends continuity to changing
time signatures
00:42 $ 0.13 USD
34 Horns introduce the first real motif, destabilised by
multiple metres
00:32 $ 0.10 USD
35 The motif disappears, though the background ostinato
continues
00:32 $ 0.10 USD
36 A change of mood, then the whole orchestra crashes in 00:49 $ 0.15 USD
37 The steady pulse gives way to a tossed salad of one-bar
motifs
01:06 $ 0.20 USD
38 Lately abandoned, the steady pulse returns, as does the
'trumpet motif'
01:06 $ 0.20 USD
39 The movement ends with a varied reprise of the opening 00:15 $ 0.05 USD
40 Evocation of the Ancestors (complete) and Ritual Action of
the Ancestors (complete)
04:23 $ 0.79 USD
 
  Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance 29:43
41 The last movement is based on two motifs, the first most
motable for its rhythm
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42 The second motif is likewise predominatly rhythmical in
effect
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43 Two variants: one a rhythmic simplification, the other an
expansion
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44 A new section, again with two main motifs, the first from
wind and strings
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45 This is joined by another bried but very striking motif from
muted brass
00:20 $ 0.06 USD
46 Tension dramatically increased by a violent interruption
from timpani and gong
00:35 $ 0.11 USD
47 Motif No. 2 is passed from bassoons to high wind and
trumpets...
00:34 $ 0.10 USD
48 ...and is twice interrupted by horns 00:41 $ 0.12 USD
49 Motif No. 1 erupts in full orchestra, then all hell breaks
loose
00:48 $ 0.14 USD
50 New ostinato, over implacable repetitions of Motif No. 1,
offset by clarinets
00:26 $ 0.08 USD
51 A new section, kick-started by percussion: timpani, bass
drum and gong
01:11 $ 0.21 USD
52 Horns, doubled by strings, introduce the main idea of this
new section
00:18 $ 0.05 USD
53 The return of the movement's opening section - or so we may
think
00:54 $ 0.16 USD
54 Dramatic compression of now-familiar material 00:40 $ 0.12 USD
55 A terrifying cocktail of motifs old and new confounds
expectations...
01:00 $ 0.18 USD
56 ...and leads to the coda, the final flourish of the whole
work
01:45 $ 0.32 USD
57 Cue to all of Part II and end of CD 00:10 $ 0.03 USD
58 Part II (complete) 18:58 $ 3.41 USD
 
  Album total 02:34:14
ComposerSiepmann, Jeremy
ReaderSiepmann, Jeremy

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