Tomoko Mukaiyama / Ludovic Morlot / Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Raskatov: Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies"; Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Tomoko Mukaiyama / Ludovic Morlot / Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Raskatov: Piano Concerto
Recording Location: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington
Duration: 01:03:04
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Album: Raskatov: Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies"; Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Genre: Classical
Artist: Tomoko Mukaiyama \ Ludovic Morlot \ Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Styles: Concerto, Ballet

When most listeners pick up this CD, they'll have reasonable expectations of the performance of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, but few will be able to guess much about Alexander Raskatov's Piano Concerto, "Night Butterflies." Composed in 2012-2013, this work was inspired by a nocturnal visit to a butterfly greenhouse, and it is cast in 12 brief movements that evoke the fluttering and shifting colors of butterflies. These images are represented in the elaborate piano part that Raskatov composed specifically for Tomoko Mukaiyama, who performs in this recording. The concerto was co-commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and the Netherlands Residentie Orkest at The Hague, and this recording provides the first opportunity for many to discover this imaginative composer. The fascinating interweaving of the piano with the orchestra shows Raskatov to be a strong colorist, a master of textures, and a dynamic manipulator of rhythms, characteristics that make the pairing with The Rite of Spring especially appropriate. Mukaiyama's spectacular playing and the skillful accompaniment of Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony make this concerto a fitting opener for the program. Morlot's lucid and measured interpretation of The Rite of Spring more than meets expectations, and the orchestra delivers a compelling version that is as vibrantly colorful and energetic as anticipated by the Raskatov concerto.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Piano Concerto "Night Butterflies"
Volante / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra2:00 Amazon
Adagietto / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra2:43 Amazon
Vivo meccanico / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra0:54 Amazon
Quasi cadenza / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:11 Amazon
Furioso / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:23 Amazon
Largo: Quasi senza tempo / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra2:44 Amazon
Quasi spettro / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra0:49 Amazon
Quasi recitativo / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra1:43 Amazon
Ruvido / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra2:16 Amazon
Senza misura / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra1:13 Amazon
Poco allegretto / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:56 Amazon
Largo lontano / Alexander RaskatovLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:41 Amazon
The Rite of Spring
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth. Introduction - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:24
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth. Dance of the Young Girls - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:14
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth. Ritual of Abduction - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra1:23
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth. Spring Rounds - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:25
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth. Ritual of the Rival Tribes - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra2:01
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth. Procession of the Sage - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra0:45
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth. The Sage - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra0:19
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth. Dance of the Earth / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra1:15
Part 2: The Sacrifice. Introduction - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra4:55
Part 2: The Sacrifice. Mystic Circle of the Young Girls - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:08
Part 2: The Sacrifice. Glorification of the Chosen One - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra1:33
Part 2: The Sacrifice. Evocation of the Ancestors - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra0:43
Part 2: The Sacrifice. Ritual Action of the Ancestors - / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra3:34
Part 2: The Sacrifice. Sacrificial Dance / Igor StravinskyLudovic Morlot / Tomoko Mukaiyama / Seattle Symphony Orchestra4:52