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Rebel's "Les Elements", Gander's "Evil Elves" & Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du printemps"

François-Xavier Roth with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet
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Raw or cooked? Wild or tame? The human fascination with the question of origins has taken on many different forms over the years. What a shock it must have been for audiences in 1737 when the French composer Jean-Féry Rebel used music to capture the chaos that preceded the creation of the world! The opening of Rebel's allegorical "sonic painting of the world" is as radical as it is legendary. Rebel's musical rendering of the elements is extremely lifelike, featuring babbling streams, fiery string-comets and earthy bass tones. Meanwhile, Stravinsky's work allows us to hear how spring vanquishes winter, summoning new life from the earth. In contrast to the tame exoticism that was fashionable at the time, the composer shocked his contemporaries with the stomping rhythms of a pagan ceremony in old Russia. Le sacre du printemps went on to become the 20th century's most famous musical scandal. Graceful, celestial, raw and gutsy, the new work by Austrian composer Bernhard Gander sees the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet dancing like wicked sprites. 

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Jean-Féry Rebel

Les Élémens. Simphonie nouvelle

Bernhard Gander

"Evil Elves: Level Eleven" for Saxophone Quartet und Orchestra. Premiere. Commissioned by the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne

Igor Stravinsky

Le Sacre du printemps