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By David Bernard and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. By Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Classical. CD. Naxos #RC2058479. Published by Naxos (NX.RC2058479).
Item Number: NX.RC2058479
David Bernard leads the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in this pair of world premiere recordings, showcasing new editions of two extraordinarily popular works by Igor Stravinsky- his monumental ballet "The Rite of Spring" and his 1919 suite from "The Firebird." Bernard has worked closely with Clinton F. Nieweg, former librarian of the Philadelphia Orchestra, on developing newly edited and corrected editions that resolve thousands of errors and omissions in the orchestral materials. The auspicious beginnings of The Rite of Spring, a scandal erupting from the combination of outrageous costumes and choreography with Sravinsky's glorious innovations, paved the way for the work's identity as a keystone in the history of Western music, with ongoing influence on composers through this very day. Stravinsky's Firebird, the composer's breakout hit in 1910 Paris, never ceases to capture the imagination of audiences with its alluring melodies, transparent textures and magical narratives. Hear both of these captivating scores in the premiere recording of their new editions performed by the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony directed by David Bernard.