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Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring


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For the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring, reedition in a Collector Digibook of the Rite (Nijinsky) and of the Firebird (Fokine) at the Mariinsky !

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The Rite of Spring • The Firebird

In celebration of the creation of Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of spring) in Paris in 1913, new edition in a DVD-book of a wonderful Stravinsky night at the Mariinsky (ex-Kirov)  with the original Nijinsky version of the Rite of Spring and the Firebird both conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The premiere of The Rite of Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, on may 1913 caused a veritable scandal. The audience was shocked by the primitive violence of the ballet. I twas so radically rejected that the ballet was taken off after eight performances. Although long forgotten, thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky’s original choreography was recreated.

The Firebird is a russian folk tale in two scenes commissionned at the young Stravinsky by Diaghilev and premiered at the Paris Opera House in 1910. The ballet was an immediate success. The Ballets Russes enabled The choreographer Fokine could bring his enterprise the right amount of novelty needed to captivate but not clash with the audience. I twas a total succes.

The Orchestra and Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre are conducted by Valery Gergiev.


The Rite of Spring • The Firebird


Scenes from pagan Russia in two acts

Music : Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

The Chosen One : Alexandra Iosifidi
The 300-year old woman : Elena Bazhenova
Shaman : Vladimir Ponomarev

Choreography : Vaslav Nijinski (1913)

Scenography : Igor Stravinsky et Nicholas Roerich
Reconstruction & stage direction : Millicent Hodson
Sets & costumes after Nicholas Roerich
Reconstructed and supervised by Kenneth Archer
Lighting design : Vladimir Lukin


Russian fairytale in two acts

Music : Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

The Firebird : Ekaterina Kondaurova
Ivan Tsarevich : Ilya Kuznetsov
The Princess : Marianna Pavlova
Kachtchei the immortal : Vladimir Ponomarev

Choreography and libretto : Michel Fokine (1910)

Reconstruction : Isabelle Fokine, Andris Liepa
Sets & costumes : Anna et Anatoly Nezhny
After original sketches by Alexander Golovin, Léon Bakst & Michel Fokine

Mariinsky Orchestra & Ballet
Conductor : Valery Gergiev

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Technical informations

HD recording : Mariinsky Theatre| 06/2008
TV direction : Denis Caïozzi
Release date : 22 May 2009
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC241
Barcode : 3760115302419
Running time : 115 min.
Film : 85 min.
Bonus : Interviews with M. Hodson & K. Archer (30 min)
Subtitles : FR / ENG
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

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