Comparing performances


  • Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Le Sacre du printemps

The 29th of May, 2013 marks the 100th Anniversary of the legendary premiere performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS”, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris. Many musicians feel that this premiere was the most significant event in 20th Century classical music.

LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS became, and remains, one of the greatest works within the classical music genre; the shock of this groundbreaking score can still be felt today.

This outstanding collection brings together six terrific recordings made of this work. This is a collection of 4 CD’s.

The recorded performances are:


  • The Rite of Spring, 1956

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

  • The Rite of Spring, 1981

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati

  • The Rite of Spring, 1985

The Cleveland Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

  • The Rite of Spring, 1991

The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

  • The Rite of Spring, 1999

Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg, Valery Gergiev

  • The Rite of Spring, 2006

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen


  • An Audio Documentary by Jon Tolansky (2012)

In addition to digital recordings by Antal Dorati, Riccardo Chailly, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev and Esa-Pekka Salonen, is a recording from 1956 by Pierre Monteux, the conductor of the premiere on that infamous night in 1913.

Also included on the fourth CD is Jon Tolansky’s interesting audio documentary that includes the first ever issue of first hand, eye-witness recollections of the legendary premiere, and specially recorded comments on the work’s revolutionary power from well-known conductors, choreographers and dancers.

Here is Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps, with Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra:



And next, here is Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre Du Printemps Ballet, with Pierre Boulez conducting the Orchestre De Paris:



Tags: Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre Du Printemps, Ballet, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev

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