Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Scherzo fantastique, Chant funèbre; Faun & Shepherdess Lucerne Festival Orchestra & Riccardo Chailly

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Label: Decca

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971):
  • 1Chant funèbre, Op.510:30
  • 2Feu d'artifice, Op.403:55
  • 3Scherzo fantastique, Op.311:51
  • The Faun and The Shepherdess, Op. 2
  • 41. La Bergère02:57
  • 52. Le Faune03:18
  • 63. Le Torrent03:54
  • Le Sacre du Printemps / Pt 1: L'Adoration de la Terre:
  • 71. Introduction03:36
  • 82. Les augures printaniers - Danses des adolescentes03:26
  • 93. Jeu du rapt01:20
  • 104. Rondes printanières03:31
  • 115. Jeux des cités01:50
  • 126a. Cortège du sage00:41
  • 136b. Le sage00:23
  • 147. Danse de la terre01:15
  • Le Sacre du Printemps / Pt 2: Le Sacrifice:
  • 151. Introduction04:10
  • 162. Cercles mysteriéux des adolescentes03:19
  • 173. Glorification d'élue01:26
  • 184. Évocation des ancêtres00:39
  • 195. Action rituelle des ancêtres03:44
  • 206. Danse sacrale: l'élue04:34
  • Total Runtime01:10:19

Info for Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Scherzo fantastique, Chant funèbre; Faun & Shepherdess

Decca has been granted exclusive worldwide rights to make the first recording of Chant Funèbre, the piece everyone believed lost forever.

Riccardo Chailly makes his debut recording with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, marking the beginning of a major new partnership.

The album restores lost work Chant Funèbre in its original Stravinsky opus sequence and adds a sonically spectacular Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring).

“A dazzling programme of Stravinsky. A new era has well and truly begun for the Lucerne Festival Orchestra” (The Times)

In 1913 Igor Stravinsky set off the “big bang of modernism” with the percussive eruptions of his Sacre du printemps. But no one is born a revolutionary … For their third program, Riccardo Chailly and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA explore the paths that led the young Stravinsky to this musical milestone. It’s an exciting chance to hear the Swiss premiere of the Chant funèbre from 1909, a work that Stravinsky composed following the death of his teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and which was regarded as lost for more than 100 years until it was rediscovered in a backroom at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 2015.

As a companion, they will play the short piece Feu d’artifce, which Stravinsky wrote in 1908 as a wedding gif for Rimsky’s daughter Nadezhda. Meanwhile, Le Faune et la Bergère is a setting of an erotic poem by Pushkin that he composed in 1906 during his own honeymoon. And the Scherzo fantastique prompted the impresario Sergei Diaghilev to commission Stravinsky for the frst new production by the Ballets Russes.

Sophie Koch, mezzo-soprano
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Riccardo Chailly
has been the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s new Music Director since the summer of 2016. Born in 1953 in Milan, he studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. Chailly was appointed Music Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1980, and in 1988 he moved to the same position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which he helmed for sixteen years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and since January 2015 he has been Music Director of La Scala in Milan. Chailly regularly conducts such leading European orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the United States he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor – in addition to his performances at La Scala – he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Zurich Opera, the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, Chicago Lyric Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Riccardo Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including two Echo Klassik Awards (in 2012 and 2015); Gramophone magazine chose his account of the Brahms symphonies as Recording of the Year in 2014. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and Cavaliere dell’Ordine del Leone d’Olanda. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and in France he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France since 2011.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1988 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a program of works by Wagenaar, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky.

Lucerne Festival Orchestra
The idea for a unique festival orchestra of international standing in Lucerne goes back to Arturo Toscanini, who in 1938 convened acclaimed virtuosos of the time into an elite ensemble with the legendary “Concert de Gala.” It was 65 years later that the conductor Claudio Abbado and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger established a connection to this moment of the Festival’s birth and founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, which made its public debut in August 2003. With Riccardo Chailly, this unique orchestra once again has an Italian music director.

The idea of friendship and freedom forms the leitmotiv for this ensemble, whose ideal is a chamber music-like spirit of cooperation. Many stars of the classical music scene have played in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA over the years: members of the Alban Berg, Hagen, and Leipzig String Quartets; the violinist Kolja Blacher; the violists Wolfram Christ and Antoine Tamestit; the cellists Jens Peter Maintz, Natalia Gutman, and Julian Steckel; the flutists Jacques Zoon and Emmanuel Pahud; the clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Alessandro Carbonare; the oboists Lucas Macías Navarro and Albrecht Mayer; the horn players Alessio Allegrini and Ivo Gass; the trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich; the trombonist Jörgen van Rijen; the timpanist Raymond Curfs; and the list goes on and on … and every summer still more new names come along.

The orchestra sets the tone for the opening week of LUCERNE FESTIVAL with several symphony concerts. Its members also perform chamber concerts in various unusual smaller formations. And at the season’s end comes the grand tour. Foreign residencies have taken these musicians throughout Europe and to Asia and the USA.

Booklet for Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Scherzo fantastique, Chant funèbre; Faun & Shepherdess

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