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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Poulenc: les Birches

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz
album available as a Studio Master


BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer

BBC National Chorus of Wales


St Davids Hall, Cardiff

19 Jun 2009


Tim Thorne


Mike Hatch

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 68:16
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The Rite of Spring (Le sacre de printemps)

  Part I - Adoration of the Earth (L'adoration de la terre)  
1 Introduction 3:31
2 The Augurs of Spring (Les Augures printaniers) 3:06
  Dances of the Young Girls (Danses des adolescentes)  
3 Ritual of Abduction (Jeu du rapt) 1:22
4 Spring Rounds (Rondes Printanières) 3:40
5 Ritual of the Rival Tribes (Jeux des cités rivales) 1:42
6 Procession of the Sage (Cortège du sage) 0:42
7 The Sage (Le Sage) 0:23
8 Dance of the Earth (Danse de la terre) 1:14
  Part II - The Sacrifice (Le sacfrifice)  
9 Introduction 4:48
10 Mystic Circles of the Young Girls (Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes) 3:42
11 Glorification of the Chosen One (Glorification de l'élue) 1:28
12 Evocation of the Ancestors (Evocation des ancêtres) 0:39
13 Ritual Action of the Ancestors (Action rituelle des ancêtres) 3:41
14 Sacrificial Dance: The Chosen One (Danse sacrale: L'élue) 5:05



Les Biches

15 I Ouverture 3:13
16 II Rondeau 3:21
17 III Chanson dansée 3:58
18 IV Adagietto 4:10
19 V Jeu 4:10
20 VI Rag-Mazurka 5:28
21 VII Antantino 3:06
22 VIII Petite chanson dansée 1:46
23 IX Final 4:01

The conclusion to a three part-series of Igor Stravinsky’s ballets from Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, performed by BBC national Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer. These recordings capture the excitement and vibrancy of the BBC National Orchestra if Wales in live performances at their home of BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales.

Almost no musical work has had such a powerful influence or evoked as much controversy as Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring. The work’s premiere on 29 May 1913, at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, was scandalous. In addition to the outrageous costumes, unusual choreography and bizarre story of pagan sacrafice, Stravinsky’s musical innovations tested the patience of the audience to the fullest.

This disc also features Francis Poulenc’s ballet les Biches, premiered at the Ballet Russes in 1924. Originally commissioned by Diaghilev to write a piece based on Glazunov’s Les Sylphides, Poulenc instead chose to base his piece on the paintings of Watteau that depicted Louis XV and various women in his’parc aux biches’.

"...strongly recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - March/April 2012

"...This disc demonstrates imaginative programme planning. The BBC orchestra is on fine form under the baton of a conductor who is, seemingly, thoroughly at home in both of these very different scores. All in all, this disc is an attractive proposition."
John Quinn - - 9 February 2012

"...The precision of the Welsh Orchestra is impressive, the clarity and vitality of the sound throwing up detail that one had long since stopped being suprising ... the fact that both these performances were recorded live is further testament to the thorough preparation and high quality of the work."

Edward Seckerson - Gramophone - September 2011

      Performance ****          Recording ****

"...this is a no nonsense, hard-driven account of The Rite, sure to raise the pulse rate. Both the ’Dance of the earth’ and ’Sacrifical dance’ combine searing energy and precision, all captured in excellet sound... it [Les Biches] bounces along as genially as the Rite is menacing. It is wonderful to have the complete ballet for once, especially the rarely heard choruses ..."

Christopher Dingle - BBC Music Magazine - September 2011

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