The Rite of Spring
the sound of the earth
Landcraft Garden Foundation
4342 Grand Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952
Saturday, June 24th, 2023, at 5:00pm
Rain date is scheduled for June 25th at 5:00pm
Vassily Primakov, piano
Natalia Lavrova, piano
The Rite of Spring: the sound of the earth is the fascinating title of this concert evoking the primordial forces of the nature-earth. The festival will celebrate this milestone of the millennium that Igor Stravinsky wrote in 1913 which still has such a powerful influence today. Vassily Primakov & Natalia Lavrova will perform a piano four hands version of The Rite of Spring along with music by Mussorgsky and Saint-Saëns.
We invite the audience to arrive at 4:00pm to visit the garden and enjoy the beauty of the natural landscape.
The concert is a 5:00pm outdoors on the main lawn of the Landcraft Garden. You will find chairs on the lawn to listen to the concert. It is highly recommended to bring a hat to cover yourself from the sun while waiting for the sunset and to enjoy listening to the music.
A tasting menu presented by the chef Martine Abitbol with several bite-sized dishes immediately after the concert will be offered to all concert attendees.
The tasting menu is inspired by the Russian culinary degustation with a focus to the flavors of the earth and culinary art: Whole Smoked Blue Fish Filet, Picked Beets Red Cabbage and Horseradish, Rye Dark Bread, Fresh local Sweet Farm Cheese, Local Farm Butter, Russian salad made of cooked diced potatoes, carrots, string beans in a homemade mayonnaise. Mini Blinis with herring Pâte, Berries and Cream
Carnival Of Animals
I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
II. Hens and Roosters
III. Wild Asses (Swift Animals)
V. The Elephant
VIII. Characters with Long Ears
IX. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
XIII. The Swan
Night on Bald Mountain
The Rite of Spring
Part I: Adoration of the Earth
The Augurs of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Ritual of Abductions
Spring Rounds (Round Dance)
Ritual of the Two Rival Tribes
Procession of the Oldest and Wisest One (The Sage)
The Kiss of the Earth (Adoration of the Earth, or the Wise Elder)
The Dancing Out of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice
Mystic Circle of the Young Girls
The Glorification of the Chosen One
Evocation of the Ancestors (Ancestral Spirits)
Ritual Action of the Ancestors
Sacrificial Dance (the Chosen One)
This is a production of
Rites of Spring Music Festival
in collaboration with
Landcraft Garden Foundation
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Huntington Arts Council.
The Lavrova/Primakov Duo was established in August 2010. Since then, they have performed extensively throughout the USA and garnered accolades from audiences and critics, stating that “Lavrova and Primakov play with brilliance and depth. They have excellent unity and do not hesitate to go with full power.” (MusicWeb International).
In November 2011, Ms. Lavrova and Mr. Primakov established their own record label, LP Classics, an initiative committed to unearthing lost historical gems, presenting never-before released recordings, and enriching the discographies of emerging stars of the new generation.
In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. American Record Guide stated: “Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch? In Chopin, no one currently playing sounds as good as this! This is a great Chopin pianist.” In 1999, as a prizewinner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Primakov was praised by Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “How many pianists can make a line sing as the Moscow native did on this occasion? Every poignant phrase took ethereal wing. Elsewhere the music soared with all of the turbulence and poetic vibrancy it possesses. We will be hearing much from this remarkable musician.”
His first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s “Young Artist of the Year.” In 2009, Primakov’s Chopin Mazurkas recording was named “Best of the Year” by National Public Radio. Vassily Primakov has released numerous recordings for Bridge Record and for LP Clasis. 2013 highlights include a solo all-Chopin concert at Carnegie Halls Zankel Hall anda month-long concert tour in South Africa. In March 2012 Vassily Primakov became a Yamaha Artist.
Pianist Natalia Lavrova is a highly-regarded performer of multi-faceted artistry, whose sincerity of interpretation and beguiling charm upon the stage has won the hearts of audiences across the United States and Europe. Ms. Lavrova enjoys a diverse career upon the international platform, and additionally holds substantial positions in the worlds of arts administration and pedagogy.
Recital performances have taken Ms. Lavrova throughout her native Russia to Canada, France, Hungary, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States, to include notable New York venues such as Steinway Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Ms. Lavrova has captured top prizes at the New Orleans, Isabel Scionti, Frinna Auerbach, Heidi Hermanns, Music Academy of the West, Silver Lake, and Senigallia International Piano Competitions. Upon her debut at the Leeds International Piano Competition, Ms. Lavrova was the youngest performer of 1996 admitted to the quarterfinal round.
Natalia Lavrova was born in Moscow in 1981. She entered the preparatory division of the Moscow Conservatory, and was subsequently accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, as a pupil in the studio of Herbert Stessin. Ms. Lavrova went on to earn her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees at Juilliard, under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. She is the owner and director of a highly successful Music School of New York City and a co-president of LP Classics, together with Vassily Primakov. In March 2012 Natalia Lavrova became a Yamaha Artist.