Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose Grammy® award-winning accounts of Stravinsky’s Symphony in C and Symphony of Psalms are among Gramophone magazine’s Top 10 Stravinsky Recordings (2011), return to the composer with a recording of the ground-breaking ballet Le Sacre du printemps, whose premiere a century ago marked a turning point in 20th century music history. The programme on this release also includes new recordings of Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Apollon Musagète, another of the Russian master’s breathtaking ballets.

“It is probably no accident that Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which is really the seminal work of the 20th century in so many ways, happened in 1913, just before the greatest conflagration that the world had ever known…Stravinsky talked of trying to recapture the violence, the sense of the earth cracking open, that he witnessed every spring in Russia…but on a deeper level, it’s a musical metaphor for the vessel of an exhausted era cracking open.” (Sir Simon Rattle)

Although the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps in Paris on 29th May 1913 famously set off a near-riot, the work quickly became recognised as one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. The 100th anniversary of the premiere will be commemorated with performances all over the world in 2013 and, no doubt, with some new recordings. On record and in performance, Simon Rattle has championed the orchestral works of Stravinsky with insight and dedication over many years and this latest recording is an important addition to his Stravinsky discography.

Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker will tour Le Sacre du printemps to Salzburg, Baden-Baden and Luzern in August and to Paris in September 2013. After performing it again in Berlin in November, they will take it on tour to Japan.

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STRAVINSKY Le Sacre du printemps, Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Apollon Musagete. Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle. EMISTRAVINSKY Le Sacre du printemps, Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Apollon Musagete. Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle. EMIView or buy