Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & other works for two pianos four hands

Shortly before its notorious Paris ballet premiere in 1913, this was essentially how The Rite of Spring first saw the light of day: Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin recapture the heady, visceral thrill which must have been in the air when Stravinsky sat down at the piano with Debussy to create this landmark of modernism.

Leif Ove Andsnes appears courtesy of Sony Classical International.

CDA68189  64 minutes 47 seconds
‘Hamelin and Andsnes are irresistibly clear and energetic, so that the sheer physical excitement [in The Rite] is on an altogether higher level … for sheer articulacy, synchronised gymnast ...
BBC Music Magazine
‘It's a thrilling performance with an implacable accuracy and energy that carries all before it … a tautness and dynamism that's implacably propulsive … the recorded sound is as vivid as the ...