Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971):
Le Sacre du Printemps
Pictures from pagan Russia (1910-13)
Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” as an exclusive Vinyl Edition celebrating the centenary of its premiere.
The year 2013 saw the hundredth anniversary of the legendary 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)” in Paris. Back then one of the largest scandals the world of music had ever seen, the work today is regarded as a masterpiece of epochal impact. It marks a turning point in the history of 20th century music as the new dawn of modernity. As unaccustomed as the audience back then was to the new sounds; as new as polytonality and polyrhythm were in these days; as unusual the highly complex layering of sounds and motifs – still this work originally composed for the ballet has quickly found a lasting place in concert halls in the whole world and to this day has lost nothing of its potential.
A few years ago, we already seized the opportunity to capture Jonathan Darlington’s highly energetic and dramatic interpretation of the work in a live setting as part of the LIVING CONCERT SERIES in the seasoned combination with the Duisburg Philharmonics. Darlington describes the images of the story with atmospheric intensity and a colorful musical idiom in such a captivating and excellent manner, that ACOUSENCE has decided to release this grand piece of music history on vinyl as an exclusive special edition to celebrate its hundredth anniversary.
The original master has again been balanced in sound down to the most delicate nuances to ideally adapt the large dynamics and impact of the work to the vinyl disc, but also to bring out even the tiniest details. The pressing was done at the highest quality “audiophile manufactory” at 180g “Virgin Vinyl”.
The result is an extraordinary record fully in the spirit of our ARTISTIC FIDELITY REFERENCE RECORDING: The masterful artistic performance in front of the microphone is reproduced in unsurpassed fidelity by means of an ingenious combination of the best technology from 50 years of audio engineering. The vinyl record is becoming a cutting-edge sound storage medium, setting the benchmark with a remarkably sonorous sound, superb dynamics and captivating musical intensity - the joy of music in its purest form.