Available Friday. Shortly before its notorious Paris ballet premiere in 1913, this was essentially how ‘The Rite of Spring’ first saw the light of day: Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin recapture the heady, visceral thrill which must have been in the air when Stravinsky sat down at the piano with Debussy to create this landmark of modernism.
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring. Marc-Andre Hamelin, Leif Ove Andsnes. Hyperion RecordsSpecial price: £10.50
“Hamelin and Andsnes are irresistibly clear and energetic, so that the sheer physical excitement [in The Rite] is on an altogether higher level … for sheer articulacy, synchronised gymnastics, flawless balance, range of colour and flinty attack, or any other criterion you care to reach for, this is breathtaking pianism [in the Concerto] … a strong candidate for Disc of the Year, never mind of the Month” Gramophone Magazine