Album: Sascha Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Music from the Machine Age: Bartók, Holst, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schulhoff (Onyx)
These five pieces ably summarise the ferment of creativity unleashed in the
aftermath of the First World War, from Bartók's outrageous ballet suite The
Miraculous Mandarin, with its theme of prostitution and murder, and its
grotesque dances to Prokofiev's Scythian Suite, a whirling-dervish concatenation
of evil gods, monsters, sacrifice and violence.
Most fascinating of all is the Ogelala ballet suite by Erwin Schulhoff, a Czech composer who died in a Nazi concentration camp: it most clearly exhibits the liberating influence of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
DOWNLOAD THIS Ogelala; Scythian Suite; The Miraculous Mandarin
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