If you are like me, you may now be eager for Spring to come, although we need to await the blessings of Winter, first…
On this new recording we get to hear three works inspired by Spring – Stravinsky’s revolutionary 1913 ballet ‘The Rite of Spring’ depicts Russian pagan tribes celebrating the emergence of Spring with frenzied dances and ritual sacrifice. The music has a rhythmic complexity and violence that caused a riot to break out at its premier in Paris.
Rachmaninov’s Spring Cantata tells the story of a husband who has struggled through the harsh Russian winter knowing his wife has been having an affair with a younger man. He swears he will kill them, but on seeing the wonder of spring all around him, relents and forgives them both.
Debussy’s early ‘Printemps’ of 1885 was said to have been inspired by Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’. Debussy was staying at the Villa Medici in Rome when he wrote this colorful and joyous work.
All of these compositions are performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Vasily Petrenko