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Petrouchka / Firebird Suite

S. Stravinsky Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Classics
  • ASIN: B0001IN0EO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Shrove-Tide Fair
2. Petrouchka's Room
3. The Moor's Room
4. Shorve-Tide Fair (Toward's Evening)
5. Danse Infernale Du Roi Kastchei
6. Berceuse
7. Finale
8. Bonus Track 1
9. Bonus Track 2
10. Bonus Track 3
11. Bonus Track 4
12. Bonus Track 5
13. Bonus Track 6
14. Bonus Track 7
15. Bonus Track 8
16. Bonus Track 9

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Let me be clear that I am reviewing the SACD/CD Hybrid version of this recording. Long years have I cherished and cheered this performance of Stravinsky's middle ballet, Petrouchka. The remainder of this disc offers a piano transcription of the equally famous Firebird Suite ballet music, played to the hilt by Robin McCabe.

I first obtained this recording in the ancient days of LP vinyl. Immediately I realized that this was one of the best played and recorded editions available. So I hung onto it, until my LP collection was destroyed in a shipping accident. Then, one day I found it on regular 16-bit CD, and scooped it up as quickly as possible. The coupling was a tremendous, top-notch performance of Mussorgsky-Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition, with Mackerras leading the New Philharmonia (London). (Now also available in SACD transfer, and standing equally high as sound demo and as musical performance on my play list.)

That regular CD still sits on the fav shelf; but the moment I encountered a SuperAudio version of the Mussorgky-Ravel Pictures, I began to look for an SACD version of the Petrouchka. My particular treasure hunt ended at a local store; but yours may take you along other paths. No matter, look for this wherever you can obtain it.

The SACD provides a surround remix of the original 8-track master tapes, and the result is simply stunning as music, and as high resolution system display piece. (I'm going full tilt on five Def Tech floor speakers, plus a Velodyne sub, powered by Bryston amps, with a Pioneer omni-player feeding a B&K Ref 30 preamp.
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The right channel on this SACD/CD release has an unacceptable hum in it, which mars an otherwise fantastic performance brilliantly captured by the original engineers. It's too late for me to return it to Amazon, from whom I purchased it, so if you purchase it with the right to refund it if defective, LISTEN to your CD the moment it arrives, and don't leave it in an auditioning stack for a couple of months like I did. If the CD you pick up does NOT have the hum, you've got a 5 STAR in your hands. The pressings with the hum drop the star count by two. I'm reviewing the copy I have, since you have a chance of acquiring the same problems in your CD. Buyer beware: check your CD out, rejoice if it's kosher, act quickly if you've got that hum. This is all the more a pity since this is now my favorite take on Petrouchka, and I own about 15 different versions of the ballet. I'll even listen to it with the hum -- and I'll eventually break down and repurchase this in the hope my next copy is hum-free.
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