Album: Dylan Howe/Will Butterworth Duo, The Rite of Spring (Motorik)

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

You can query why anyone would want to do it at all, but drummer Howe and pianist Butterworth's bare-bones reworking of Stravinsky's masterpiece can't be faulted for effort or ambition.

Using Stravinsky's own arrangement for piano, the ballet's folk-based themes are introduced by Butterworth before Howe's entry cues in some serious jazz damage. The "Introduction" and brief epiphanies thereafter are lovely but the heavy ostinatos and all-around-the-kit kerfuffle challenge the listener's ability to feel much pleasure.

Comments