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In the Orbit of Rimsky-Korsakov

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Igor Stravinsky, whose music is said to have ushered in the 20th century.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of the composer who is said, in his music, to have ushered in the 20th century: Igor Stravinsky. His name is probably still most associated with the utterly extraordinary, revolutionary evening that prompted that accolade – the premiere of The Rite of Spring in Paris on the 29th of May 1913.

Today Donald will be focusing on Stravinsky’s early relationship with a pivotal figure in Russian classical music, Rimsky-Korsakov.

Rite of Spring (Introduction)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle, conductor

Scherzo in G minor
Oxana Shevchenko, piano

Pastorale
Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano
Ensemble Intercontemporain,
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Four Etudes, Op 7, Nos 3 and 4
Oxana Shevchenko, piano

Symphony in E flat major (1st and 2nd movements)
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Faun and Shepherdess
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Cleveland Orchestra
Oliver Knussen, conductor

Scherzo Fantastique
St Petersberg Philharmonic
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

Produced in Cardiff by Martin Williams

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring (Introduction)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Decca 4784752.
    • 4784752.
    • 1.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo in G minor

    Performer: Oxana Shevchenko.
    • Delphian : DCD34203.
    • Delphian.
    • 24.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Pastorale

    Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Singer: Phyllis Bryn‐Julson.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON: 4317512.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 1.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    4 Studies for piano, Op 7 (Nos 3 and 4)

    Performer: Oxana Shevchenko.
    • Delphian : DCD34203.
    • Delphian.
    • 9.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony in E flat major, Op 1 (1st and 2nd movements)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
    • CHAN241-8.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Faun and Shepherdess, Op 2

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Oliver Knussen. Singer: Lucy Shelton.
    • DG 4492052.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo Fantastique, Op 3

    Performer: St. Petersberg Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca 0793229.
    • 0793229.
    • 11.

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