Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (2018)

Stravinsky

Concertgebouworkest

Daniele Gatti

Ever since its scandalous 1913 premiere the orchestra repertoire wouldn't be complete without Igor Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra archive alone lists 118 performances since 1924, when Pierre Monteux, conductor of the Paris premiere, led the orchestra. In 1926 Stravinsky himself conducted the RCO in the Sacre twice on one day to much acclaim and since Eduard van Beinum all RCO chief conductors have performed Le Sacre. To this already impressive list Daniele Gatti has now added his brilliant interpretation. 
Four years before his death, in 1914, Debussy himself led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in his Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and was met at the stage door by an applauding crowd after the performance. Stravinsky made his first guest appearance with the orchestra in 1924, after which he returned regularly. He conducted his Sacre twice in a single day in 1926 to long and loud ovations. 

Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 11, 12 & 19 January 2017 

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Concertgebouworkest

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is lauded by the most authoritative international critics as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Known for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility, it has worked with all the leading composers and conductors. Indeed, such composers as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky conducted the orchestra on more than one occasion. Only seven chief conductors have led the orchestra since it was founded in 1888: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and – starting in the 2016–17 season – Daniele Gatti. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy provides instruction in orchestral playing to young, talented musicians. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra undertook an extensive world tour in 2013 on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima is the orchestra’s patron.

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Daniele Gatti

Considered the ‘foremost conductor of his generation,’Italian conductor Daniele Gatti has galvanized the music world with his dramatic and instinctive style. A charismatic maestro, he demonstrates an equal mastery of the orchestra and the opera stage, delivering consistently probing inter-pretations imbued with fire and refined sensitivity.

Music Director of the Royal Phil-harmonic Orchestra since 1996, Gatti has inspired audiences and critics alike with his enraptured performances; his recordings have attracted enthusiastic notices. Since 1998, Gatti is also Music Director of Bologna’s opera house, the Teatro Comunale, and has conducted opera to great acclaim the world over. 
A native of Milan, Daniele Gatti studied piano and violin at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, earning his degree in composition and conducting. Following his La Scala début at the age of 27, he led productions at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Berlin Staats-oper and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Maestro Gatti was Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome from 1992 to 1997 as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Opera

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Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (2018)

Stravinsky

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With Le Sacre du Printemps Gatti takes a fairly traditional approach to tempi in the score, but that does not imply complacency – he is rhythmically very alert. The famous opening bassoon solo, along with its clarinet and horn counterpoint, is up to the high standards from these sections heard all through the evening. The ‘Dance of the Adolescents’ is fast and balletic and the players shape its solo moments convincingly. The solo horn at Fig. 25 is really excellent, observing the mezzopiano and subsequent piano markings. Le Sacre should often sing as well as dance, as it does here. Gatti does not, as say Teodor Currentzis did in his 2015 CD, overdo the primeval blood sport aspects of the more violent passages such as the ‘Dance of the Earth’ that closes the first part. The eerie Largo introduction to Part Two, the most Debussian passage in the score, is poetically atmospheric, and indeed this second part is very compelling right up to the final ‘Sacrificial Dance’. Above all Gatti is a sure guide through these demanding works – he uses no score for any of them – and the orchestra plays immaculately throughout. Many orchestral concert albums are at least an enjoyable souvenir of a live occasion. But this RCO Live issue has performances good enough to take it into another league.

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… such beauty and unmatched quality. A truly memorable performance.

Marc Kalf

    Het Parool

Grand and enchanting.

Erik Voermans

Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (2018)

Stravinsky

Concertgebouworkest

Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Microphones: Neumann and Schoeps with Polyhymnia custom electronics
Producer: Everett Porter
Recording Engineer: Everett Porter
Recording Location: Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on January 11, 12 & 19, 2017
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Grimm Audio and B&W Nautilus speakers

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