Rite - Music of Stravinsky & Revueltas

Rite - Music of Stravinsky & Revueltas

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Gustavo Dudamel, certainly the most talked about and celebrated conductor of his generation, releases his fifth Deutsche Grammophon recording featuring the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. His previous recording for the Yellow Label focused on works by Tchaikovsky, and for this high-octane new recording, Rite, Dudamel focuses on another Russian composer: Stravinsky.

The Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela under the direction of Dudamel is known for its overwhelming sound, awe-inspiring precision and, above all else, infectious and wild energy. Just such a combination of energy and technique is needed to perform Stravinsky’s revolutionary Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). Reveling in the orchestral colors and emphasizing the rhythmic pulse that propels the work forward, Dudamel and the SBYOV give a decidedly refreshing and impressive performance.

As a counterpart to the well-known Stravinsky work, Dudamel has programmed the lesser-known but no less exciting La noche de los Mayas (Night of the Maya) by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. Dudamel has helped to bring more Central and South American music to the attention of audiences around the world, and this recording continues on this mission.

The link between the two works is based on rhythm, and powerful dance rhythms also dominate Revueltas’s music for a 1939 film about the cultural clash between a tribe of Mayans and the modern world. Like Stravinsky’s great ballet, the symphonic suite La noche de los Mayas is evocative, ritualistic music, and it ends with a wild sacrificial dance calling for eleven percussionists. "It makes a perfect coupling for the Sacre," exclaims Dudamel. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2010
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947787754
catalogNumber: 001428102
Rank: 95652


  1. La Noche de los Mayas, suite for orchestra (compiled by José Limantour from the film score)
  2. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra

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