Spring Ahead

The Bad Plus

Finally, spring has technically sprung.  For this New Sounds, hear music for the Vernal Equinox, including "spring" selections from Max Richter, who has recomposed Vivaldi's original set of violin concertos, "The Four Seasons," as well as reworkings of Stravinsky's ballet, "The Rite of Spring."  From a brand-new record by The Bad Plus, hear a reduction of Stravinsky's score (now 101 years old), as translated for jazz trio -piano, bass, and drums- by these incredible musicians. There are a few twists to this adaptation; most notably electronic treatments supplied by bassist Dave Anderson to warp pianist Ethan Iverson's riffs in the opening section, and some swing patterns on the ride cymbal, along with other tastefully-chosen audibles on percussion by drummer Dave King that might never have been imagined. 

Perhaps there will also be another Stravinsky reimagining by a Montreal-based quintet of viola da gamba, drums, electric guitar, bass clarinet/soprano saxophone, and violin, called Quartetski.  And a whole lot more to celebrate the end of Winter's death grip.

PROGRAM #3580 Music Primavera - Music for Spring (First aired on 3/20/2014)  





Kronos Quartet, San Francisco Girls Choir, Earl L.Miller, reed organ

Winter Was Hard

Aulis Sallinen: Winter Was Hard [1:40]

Nonesuch 79181

Max Richter

Daniel Hope, violin
Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin
André de Ridder

Recomposed: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Spring, opening movement [3:08]

Deutsche Grammophone
0289 481 0044 6 CD DDD GH

Thomas Wilbrandt; Philharmonia Orchestra,
cond. by Thomas Wilbrandt;
Warren Green, violin

The Electric V

Vivaldi: Spring Sketches of Spring- Spring Twilight [1:19]
Sketches of Spring - The Movie [3:02]

London 425206
Out of print. 
Available at Archiv Music

 Kris Bowers

Heroes + Misfits

Forever Spring [1:52]

Concord Jazz - #7234353  / Universal

Gidon Kremer / Kremerata Baltica

Eight Seasons

Astor Piazzolla, “Primavera portena” Spring in Buenos Aires [5:43]

Nonesuch 79568

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

Dawn of the Cycads

Excerpts from Rite of Spring [6:44]

Cuneiform 274/275

The Bad Plus

The Rite of Spring

Spring Rounds [4:52]

Sony Masterworks 88843 02405 2


Does Stravinsky

Rite of Spring pt 2, Opening: The Sacrifice [2:43]

Actuelle AM 213

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

Songs of Ascension

spring variation [4:05]

ECM 2154

Djivan Gasparyan

Moon Shines At Night

Lovely Spring [4:26]

Gyroscope/Caroline #CAROL-6604. try Amazon.com or Sterns Music sternsmusic.com
Info at www.jivanduduk.com

Maira Baibakbaeva

Recorded live at the City of London Festival 2000, at Church of St. Anne & St. Agnes

Nauras (Joy of Spring Festival) [4:14]

Not commercially available.


Unpacking the Trailer...

Spring, excerpt [3:24]

New Amsterdam Records 015 www.newamsterdam