STRAVINSKY The Rite Of Spring
& ILYA RASHKOVSKIY, Pianos
& MONIKA LESKOVAR, Cellos
Alpha Omega Sound 14-01-12 / *****
This is a live recording of a concert held in
Hong Kong's City
Hall Concert Hall on 17 October 2013
to commemorate the centenary of Igor Stravinsky's epoch-making The Rite Of
Spring, which premiered to a famous riot in .
Receiving its first Asian performance (and now World Premiere recording) was an
unusual transcription of the ballet for 2 pianos and 2 cellos by Italian
pianist-conductor Giuseppe Andaloro. Paris
Adapted from the orchestral score rather than the four-hands piano version, there is a symphonic scope to its conception. Giovanni Sollima's cello replaces the famous bassoon solo with an other-wordly quality to its timbre. The cellos produce a wiry tone and are also employed percussively, thus extending the range of sonorities on the pianos. This vivid performance truly brings out the music’s virility and savage intensity.
Also employed for the same forces is Andaloro's arrangement of Ravel's La Valse, a sweeping performance contrasted with the languid and atmospheric stillness to Sollima's transcription of Debussy's Prelude To The Afternoon Of The Fawn for just 2 cellos. The memorable programme is completed by Lutoslawski's witty Paganini Variations for two pianos. 20Th century music has never sounding this engaging or enticing.