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Stravinsky, Igor (L. Bernstein, New York Philharmonic) / Rite Of Spring: Scenes Of Pagan Russia In Two Parts (1913 Version), The
Album:Rite Of Spring: Scenes Of Pagan Russia In Two Parts (1913 Version), The Collection:Classical
Artist:Stravinsky, Igor (L. Bernstein, New York Philharmonic) Added:11/2013
Label:Sony Classical 

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Album Review
Larry
Reviewed 2013-11-29 
Leonard Bernstein, conductor on this astonishing 1958 recording, characterized Igor Stravinsky’s (1882-1971) Rite of Spring – Songs of Pagan Russia in Two Parts as “a miraculous new creation of such originality and power that still today it shocks and overwhelms us.” A century ago – in 1913 – this ballet and orchestral concert work shocked and overwhelmed its first audience, provoking a now-legendary riot at its Paris premiere. S said his inspiration was a fleeting vision of a solemn pagan rite in which a group of wise elders sat in a circle and watched a young girl dance herself to death, sacrificing herself to propitiate the god of Spring. Bernstein described the Rite as “a kind of prehistoric jazz” and “all about sex and reproduction.” Excerpts from the Rite were sound track in Walt Disney’s film, Fantasia, as the Tyrannosaurus Rex attacks and devours the plant-eating Stegosaurus. The work changed the history of Western music, introducing new concepts in tonality, meter, rhythm, stress and dissonance that pervasively influenced 20th century composers. A reviewer (J. Harrison) who hates the Rite wrote that it demonstrates S’s: "abhorrence of everything for which music has stood these many centuries ... all human endeavour and progress are being swept aside to make room for hideous sounds ..." The tolerant Alex Ross wrote that S took elements of Russian folk music and "proceeded to pulverize them into motivic bits, pile them up in layers, and reassemble them in cubistic collages and montages". More details at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rite_of_Spring_(Stravinsky).

Track Listing
1.Part One: Adoration Of The Earth. Introduction. Lento (3:30) 8.Dance Of The Earth (1:06)
2.The Augurs Of Spring (Dance Of The Young Girls) (3:18) 9.Part Two: The Sacrifice. Introduction. Largo (5:13)
3.Mock Abduction (1:17) 10.Mystical Circles Of The Young Girls (3:18)
4.Spring Round Dances (3:42) 11.Glorification Of The Chosen Victim (1:31)
5.Games Of The Rival Tribes (1:52) 12.Summoning Of The Ancestor (0:52)
6.Procession Of The Wise Elder (0:39) 13.Ritual Of The Ancestors (3:25)
7.Adoration Of The Earth (The Wise Elder) (0:22) 14.Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim) (4:32)