Released: 20 January 2023

Reference: AP300

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Recorded by Little Tribeca in January 2022 at the Paris Conservatory [Bolero] and in February 2022 at the RiffX Studio of La Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt [Les Noces]

Artistic direction: Florent Ollivier [Bolero]/ Nicolas Bartholomée [Les Noces]
Recording: Florent Ollivier, Louis Delegrange [Bolero] / Nicolas Bartholomée, Florent Ollivier [Les Noces]
Editing, mixing: Florent Ollivier

Recorded in 24 bits/96kHz


Released: 20 January 2023

Reference: AP300

Stravinsky: Les Noces (1919) & Ravel: Bolero




In 1914 Stravinsky was more than ever taken up by his interest in pagan Russia and its folk rituals. He worked on the composition of Les Noces, intended for the Ballets Russes, until 1923. These “choreographed scenes with music and voices” represent, in four tableaux, the Russian folk wedding ritual. Sober, stylised, razor-sharp, Stravinsky’s music combines rhythmic brutality with an incantatory force, evoking both the timelessness and the inexorability of that ritual. There were several attempts at different instrumentations of the work. Here Mathieu Romano, Aedes and Les Siècles present the world premiere recording of the full 1919 version (completed in 2007 by Theo Verbey), written for an ensemble of percussion instruments, two Hungarian cymbaloms, a harmonium, a pianola, and voices.

The same unusual instrumentation, clear, incisive, precise, is used for Robin Melchior’s arrangement of Ravel’s Boléro: an unexpected and amazing, suave, and totally successful.



1. Ne vesiolaïa… traditional Russian folk song

IGOR STRAVINSKY, Les Noces 1919 version (world premiere recording)

2. PREMIÈRE PARTIE. Premier tableau (Chez la mariée)
3. Deuxième tableau (Chez le marié)
4. Troisième tableau (Le départ de la mariée)
5. DEUXIÈME PARTIE. Quatrième tableau (Le repas de noces)


6. Bolero arr. Robin Melchior 

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