<Pétrouchka> is the last CD of the Stravinsky trilogy of the Sinfonieorchester Basel under its principal conductor Dennis Russell Davies. Thus, the orchestra has recorded all three major ballets by Igor Stravinsky – each in a version for orchestra and for piano duet.
Originally planned as a Piano Concerto, Stravinsky rewrote the music about the Russian carnival figure Petrushka into a ballet, following an idea of ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev. When the oevre was performed on 13 June 1911 at the Théâtre du Châtelet, it was almost unanimously hailed as a fascinating synthesis of the art of music, dance and painting, and a milestone in the development of a genuinely modern ballet. Parallel to the orchestra score Stravinsky created a piano version; primarily used for studies and rehearsals. Recently, however, also the four-hand piano version gained increasing popularity in the concert hall.
Dennis Russell Davies is since 2009 chief conductor of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. In addition to numerous other recordings the Stravinsky trilogy originated under his conductorship. Dennis Russell Davies recorded all three Stravinsky piano versions with his partner Maki Namekawa.