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The Rite of Spring

by Fireworks Ensemble

A rock-inspired version of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking 20th-century classic.
Genre: Classical: Stravinsky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Rite of Spring, Part I (the Adoration of the Earth): I. Introduction
3:32 $0.99
2. The Rite of Spring, Part I (the Adoration of the Earth): II. the Augurs of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
3:30 $0.99
3. The Rite of Spring, Part I (the Adoration of the Earth): III. Game of Abduction
1:26 $0.99
4. The Rite of Spring, Part I (the Adoration of the Earth): IV. Spring Rounds
3:43 $0.99
5. The Rite of Spring, Part I (the Adoration of the Earth): V. Games of the Rival Tribes
2:01 $0.99
6. The Rite of Spring, Part I (the Adoration of the Earth): VI. Procession of the Wise Elder
0:49 $0.99
7. The Rite of Spring, Part I (the Adoration of the Earth): VII. Kiss of the Earth
0:26 $0.99
8. The Rite of Spring, Part I (the Adoration of the Earth): VIII: Dance of the Earth
1:18 $0.99
9. The Rite of Spring, Part II (the Sacrifice): I. Introduction
4:33 $0.99
10. The Rite of Spring, Part II (the Sacrifice): II. Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
3:56 $0.99
11. The Rite of Spring, Part II (the Sacrifice): III. Glorification of the Chosen One
1:36 $0.99
12. The Rite of Spring, Part II (the Sacrifice): IV. Summoning of the Ancestors
0:42 $0.99
13. The Rite of Spring, Part II (the Sacrifice): V. Ritual of the Ancestors
4:06 $0.99
14. The Rite of Spring, Part II (the Sacrifice): VI. Sacrificial Dance
4:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
“This simply has to be heard to be believed; the music sounds completely contemporary in this orchestration, and one hears things one never has before. It’s a gamble that triumphs.”
--Robert Carl
Fanfare Magazine

“The Rite of Spring” ranks among the greatest artworks of the 20th-century, and one of the most important pieces of orchestral music ever created. With vibrant, colorful orchestration and visionary compositional technique, Stravinsky brilliantly manipulated Russian folk tunes and rhythmic patterns into massive textures of dissonant chords and asymmetrical dance rhythms. At once both incredibly complex and utterly compelling in its visceral power, the “Rite” perfectly captures the spirit of a violent pagan sacrifice. So startlingly original was Stravinsky’s vision that it (famously) caused a riot at its premiere in Paris in 1913.

The piece remains incredibly influential even today, 100 years after it was first performed, and is cited as one of the most important and inspiring works by young musicians ranging from classical composers to jazz improvisers to indie rockers. For Fireworks Ensemble's director Brian Coughlin, the piece was nothing less than the missing link between serious classical composition and the world of popular music:

“Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ single-handedly made me a believer in classical music. On first hearing the primal pounding of ‘The Dances of the Young Girls’ (the work’s iconic second movement) as a young student, I suddenly realized that ‘classical’ music, which I had considered too old-fashioned to be taken seriously as a contemporary listener, could actually be as powerful and meaningful to me as the rock music I loved. I knew my life was changed forever. This was rock for orchestra! No music that I had heard to that point combined raw emotional power with such complexity and sophisticated musical craft – it was the best of both worlds.”

Fireworks’ version brings a creative, 21st-century sensibility to “The Rite.” While staying true to the spirit of Stravinsky’s conception, Fireworks’ stripped-down, rock-inspired chamber version of the piece presents “The Rite” as a living, breathing work that speaks to our current condition as vibrantly as any piece being written today.


An amplified chamber band known as “the bridge between the contemporary classical ensemble and the mainstream popular audience,” Fireworks has led the charge to bring a fresh perspective on chamber music to both established audiences and new generations of listeners. With a repertoire that includes Frank Zappa’s instrumental rock, dance music from around the world, classic cartoon music, traditional Americana, and arrangements of 20th-century orchestral works such as Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Fireworks presents a distinctly American vision of chamber music. The ensemble tours throughout the United States each year and has appeared venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Library of Congress to nightclubs such as New York City’s (Le) Poisson Rouge and Tonic. Passionate about education and outreach, Fireworks has participated in Chamber Music America’s Residency Partnership Program and Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, and is currently ensemble-in-residence at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.



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Josh Friedman

You must get this album!
Yes, The Rite of Spring with electric guitar! The way Stravinsky wanted originally, I'm sure...

Jackie Kovach

Whoever did the orchestration for this recording must be a genius! Seems as though not a note is missing and the playing and ensemble are perfection. This recording is a joy!


Awesome, can't describe it, classical/non classical lovers must hear it
A must for classical and non-classical listeners a like. You've never heard the Rite of Spring quite like this and performed with such a high calibre of musicianship. Bravo!

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Self-proclaimed as the group that "sounds like a rock band, but performs with the virtuosity and sensitivity of a classical chamber music ensemble," Fireworks has definitely demonstrated their talent and serious approach by untertaking one of classical music's most challenging masterpieces- Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." Any fan of the piece, as well as any chamber rock follower, should not miss this NYC group; they are the bridge between the contemporary classical new music ensemble and the maintream, popular audience, bringing together two very different branches on the music tree. Just as Stravinsky's masterpiece caused riots during its premiere, Fireworks has continued with the mindset of daring, bold, musical strides to bring you a breathtaking interpretation that has insights for both the classical and rock musician- never has electric guitar sounded so compatible with orchestral instruments! Brilliant!

adam weissler / EXTRA (tv show)

very cool.. and different.. hip yet beautiful.. for classical and rock music lovers both....


Rocking The Classics
Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring has always been the most rocking classical composition I've heard. This modern version, with a rock-instrumentation comes very close, although it can't beat the power of a full orchestra. Fireworks doesn't try that, they create their own version, by acting like an 8 piece chamber orchestra with rock-instruments. They sound a bit like the Swedisch band Isildurs Bane; the instruments have all their own beautiful part in the scene, but also are one. A daring piece of work, which succesfully brings this orchestral piece almost as if it was written for this setting.

Roland Kreuscher

A very fine and powerful re-animation of "Rite of Spring"
Only reason not to give the 5th star:
This great composition was created by Strawinsky almost 100 years ago.
And I've listened to it many times; live and on CD, in different versions and I still like most of them very much.
But I never thought, such a fresh and absolutely refreshing version would come to my ears. If you really like Rite of Spring YOU MUST HAVE THIS ONE!