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Music from Diaghilev's Ballet Russes
Anatoly Liadov, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Music from Diaghilev's Ballet Russes

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212027127
Catnr: SIGCD 271
Release date: 01 September 2011
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212027127
Catalogue number
SIGCD 271
Release date
01 September 2011
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About the album

Serge Diaghilev’s choice of composers for his Ballet Russes productions (often acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s most influential ballet companies) has led to the creation of some of the most engaging and exhilarating music in the classical world. This new 3 CD set of live orchestral recordings by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales – made in their home venue of BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff – captures Stravinsky’s three great ballet scores (The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring) as well as works by fellow Ballet Russes composers Poulenc (Les Biches) and Liadov (Baba-Yaga, The Enchanted Lake and Kikimora).

Artist(s)

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer is Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and also, from April 2008, Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic. From 2001-2006 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra. Fischer studied flute with Aurèle Nicolet and began his musical career as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera, where he studied scores with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and was profoundly influenced by him. His conducting career began in his 30’s when he replaced an ailing colleague, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe where he was Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado, who encouraged and inspired him in his new-found talent for conducting. Spending his apprentice years in Holland, Thierry Fischer...
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Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer is Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and also, from April 2008, Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic. From 2001-2006 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra.
Fischer studied flute with Aurèle Nicolet and began his musical career as Principal Flute in Hamburg and at the Zurich Opera, where he studied scores with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and was profoundly influenced by him. His conducting career began in his 30’s when he replaced an ailing colleague, subsequently directing his first few concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe where he was Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado, who encouraged and inspired him in his new-found talent for conducting. Spending his apprentice years in Holland, Thierry Fischer has since appeared with many leading orchestras in the UK and Europe.
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Composer(s)

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.   Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913). The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His 'Russian phase' which continued with works such as Renard, The Soldier's Tale and Les Noces, was followed...
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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.
Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913). The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His "Russian phase" which continued with works such as Renard, The Soldier's Tale and Les Noces, was followed in the 1920s by a period in which he turned to neoclassical music. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms (concerto grosso, fugue and symphony), drawing on earlier styles, especially from the 18th century. This style was often referred to as Neoclassicism. In the 1950s, Stravinsky adopted serial procedures. His compositions of this period shared traits with examples of his earlier output: rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few two- or three-note cells and clarity of form, and of instrumentation.

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Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. Poulenc's wealthy family intended him for a business career in the Rhone Poulenc family company and did not allow him to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer's parents died. Poulenc soon came under the influence of Erik Satie, under whose tutelage he became one of a group of young composers known collectively as Les Six. This group of French composers from the 1920s aimed to clear music of the impressionism of Claude Debussy, and German influences such as the Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Their motto was 'L'art pour l'art': they composed music for the sake of...
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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. Poulenc's wealthy family intended him for a business career in the Rhone Poulenc family company and did not allow him to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer's parents died. Poulenc soon came under the influence of Erik Satie, under whose tutelage he became one of a group of young composers known collectively as Les Six. This group of French composers from the 1920s aimed to clear music of the impressionism of Claude Debussy, and German influences such as the Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Their motto was "L'art pour l'art": they composed music for the sake of music, without any 'meaning' or extramusical intents. In his early works Poulenc became known for his high spirits and irreverence. During the 1930s a much more serious side to his nature emerged, particularly in the religious music he composed from 1936 onwards, which he alternated with his more light-hearted works.

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Disc #1
01.
Scherzo Fantastique
13:46
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
02.
The Firebird - : Introduction
02:42
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
03.
The Firebird - : Le Jardin Enchante de Kastchei
01:43
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
04.
The Firebird - : Apparition de L'Oiseae de Feu, poursuivi par Ivan Tsarevitch
02:21
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
05.
The Firebird - : Dances de L'Oiseau de Feu
01:23
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
06.
The Firebird - : Capture do L'Oiseau de Feu ar Ivan Tsarevitch
00:57
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
07.
The Firebird - : Supplications de L'Oiseau de Feu
09:13
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
08.
The Firebird - : Je des Princesses avec les Pommes D'Or (Scherzo)
02:36
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
09.
The Firebird - : Brusque Apparition d'Ivan Tsarevitch
01:26
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
10.
The Firebird - : Corovod (Ronde) des Princesses
04:52
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
11.
The Firebird - : Lever du Jour
01:42
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
12.
The Firebird - : Carillon Feerique, Apparition des Monstres - Gardiens de Kastchei et Capture d'Ivan Tsarevitch
05:06
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
13.
The Firebird - : Danse de la Suite de Kastchei Enchantee par L'Oiseau de Feu
00:48
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
14.
The Firebird - : Dance Infernale de Tous les Sujets de Kastchei
10:33
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
15.
The Firebird -: Disparition du Palais et des Sortileges de Kastchei, Animation de Chevaliers Petrifies, Allegresse Generale
03:44
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Disc #2
01.
Petrushka:: Scene 1
10:06
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
02.
Petrushka:: Scene 2
04:13
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
03.
Petrushka:: Scene 3
07:08
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
04.
Petrushka:: Scene 4
14:09
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
05.
Baba-yaga
03:45
(Anatoly Liadov) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
06.
The Enchanted Lake
10:01
(Anatoly Liadov) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
07.
Kikimora
08:44
(Anatoly Liadov) BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Disc #3
01.
Rite of Spring: Part 1:: Introduction
03:31
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
02.
Rite of Spring: Part 1:: The Augurs of Spring (Les Augures printaniers) Dances of the Young Girls (Danses des adolescentes)
03:06
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
03.
Rite of Spring: Part 1:: Ritual of Abduction (Jeu du rapt)
01:22
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
04.
Rite of Spring: Part 1:: Spring Rounds (Rondes Printanières)
03:40
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
05.
Rite of Spring: Part 1:: Ritual of the Rival Tribes (Jeux des citès rivales)
01:42
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
06.
Rite of Spring: Part 1:: Procession of the Sage (Cortège du sage)
00:42
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
07.
Rite of Spring: Part 1:: The Sage (Le sage)
00:23
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
08.
Rite of Spring: Part 1:: Dance of the Earth (Danse de la terre)
01:41
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
09.
Rite of Spring: Part 2:: Introduction
04:48
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
10.
Rite of Spring: Part 2:: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls (Cercles mystèrieux des adolescentes)
03:42
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
11.
Rite of Spring: Part 2:: Glorification of the Chosen One (Glorification de l'èlue)
01:28
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
12.
Rite of Spring: Part 2:: Evocation of the Ancestors (Evocation des ancètres)
00:39
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
13.
Rite of Spring: Part 2:: Ritual Action of the Ancestors (Action rituelle des ancètres)
03:41
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
14.
Rite of Spring: Part 2:: Sacrificial Dance: The Chosen One (Danse sacrale: L'èlue)
05:05
(Igor Stravinsky) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
15.
Les Biches:: I. Ouverture
03:13
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
16.
Les Biches:: II. Rondeau
03:21
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
17.
Les Biches:: III. Chanson dansèe
03:58
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
18.
Les Biches:: IV. Adagietto
03:40
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
19.
Les Biches:: V. Jeu
04:10
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
20.
Les Biches:: VI. Rag-Mazurka
05:28
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
21.
Les Biches:: VII. Andantino
03:06
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
22.
Les Biches:: VIII. Petite chanson dansèe
01:46
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
23.
Les Biches:: IX. Final
04:01
(Francis Poulenc) BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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