The Rite - The score as heard at its premiere - and on period instruments!IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Le Sacre du printemps (original 1913 performing version), Petrushka (1911 version).
Catalogue Number: 08Q004
Label: Actes Sud
Reference: ASM 15
Description: Unlike Petrushka, which had only one revision in 1947, the Rite never stopped being revised by Stravinsky, from right after its premiere (due to difficulties in playing some passages or notes) to 1967 when Boosey and Hawkes reprinted their 1947 edition with yet more composer-made adjustments. In cooperation with Boosey (whose 1967 score is still the only one authorized for performance) for the 100th anniversary of its premiere, the conductor Roth and others compared Stravinsky's manuscript copy, a copy of the 1922 first edition and one of Pierre Monteux's annotated score which dates from the early 1920, to come up with what is likely to have been heard on that raucous, historic first night. In addition to hearing the work on the very different-sounding brass and wind instruments from that period (and gut strings), you'll also find several very noticeable rhythmic and dynamic differences. Les Siècles; François-Xavier Roth.