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listen  1. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Premier Tableau: Fete populaire de la Semaine Grasse (The Shrove-Tide Fair) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: La Baraque du Charlatan (The Charlatan's Booth) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Danse Russe (Russian Dance) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Deuxieme Tableau: Chez Petrouchka (Petrouchka's Room) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Troisieme Tableau: Chez le Maure (The Moor's Room) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Danse de la Ballerine (Dance of the Ballerina) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Valse - La Ballerine et le Maure (Waltz - The Ballerina and the Moor) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Quatrieme Tableau: The Shrove-Tide Fair (towards evening)/Dance of the Wet-Nurses (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: L'Ours et un paysan (The Bear and the Peasant) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Un Marchand ferard avec deux Tziganes (The Jovial Merchant with Two Gypsy Girls) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Danse de cochers et des palefreniers (Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Les Deguises (The Masquerader) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. La Rixe: Le Maure et Pitrouchka (The Fight: The Moor and Petrouchka) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: Mort de Petrouchka (Death of Petrouchka) (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Petrouchka: Scenes burlesques en quatre tableaux: The Police and the Charlatan/Apparition of Petrouchka's Double (1911 version)New York Philharmonic;Pierre Boulez 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Introduction (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Danses des adolescentes (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Jeu du rapt (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Rondes printanieres (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Jeux des cites rivales (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Cortege du sage (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): L'Adoration de la terre (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Danse de la terre (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Introduction (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Cercles mysterieux des adolescentes (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Glorification de l'Elue (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Evocation des ancetres (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Action rituelle des ancetres (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Danse sacrale - L'Elue (1947 version)Pierre Boulez;The Cleveland Orchestra 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (January 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002A2M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With the New York Philharmonic on its best behavior, Pierre Boulez uncorks a reading of Petrushka that is vibrant, energetic, and full-voiced, with razor-sharp rhythm and ensemble. The solos, played by the likes of Julius Baker (flute) and Paul Jacobs (piano), have never been more effectively done. The recording, with the sizzling sonics typical of CBS's multitrack heyday, offers an X-ray of the score; the remastering is excellent. Pierre Boulez's interpretation of The Rite of Spring is perhaps more French than Russian, but it's impressive nonetheless. While it emphasizes structure, clarity, and texture over raw energy and visceral excitement, and always keeps something in reserve, it is tellingly potent in the "Glorification of the Chosen One" and the "Sacrificial Dance." In this account Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra established a new standard for ensemble, virtuosity, and idiomatic execution of the music, and their recording remains one of the great achievements of the stereo era. --Ted Libbey

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Hearing the new recording by Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra makes clear the distinctive vision Boulez brings to "The Rite."
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Since recording quality has also made great strides, the recent recording of Petrouchka and the Rite with Cleveland under Boulez is hard to pass up.
D. B. Rathbun
The new Columbia remastering of Bernstein's ROS has been done as well as could be, enhancing the detail and soundstage of the original.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on August 7, 2001
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This 1969 recording is unbelievable. Hearing the new recording by Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra makes clear the distinctive vision Boulez brings to "The Rite." This is a hard, intense, streamlined interpretation. Its remorseless structural focus and clarity and strong narrative force create a sense of inexorability and fatalism. For me, this "Rite" evokes our modern world and its horrors more than it does the rural and village life of the past.

Ironically perhaps, given the rivalry between Schoenberg, who Boulez followed, and Stravinsky the neoclassicist, Boulez produced what is arguably the most convincing 20th century version of this masterwork, as opposed to versions that highlight its continuity with the 19th century. Gergiev with the Kirov is excellent, but it is not more powerful than this, rather it is powerful and passionate in a different way, more sprawling and episodic, and sounding more like Debussy. Gergiev evokes the Russian past, while Boulez evokes the global present and future.

As Stravinsky emphasized, multiple interpretations of compositions are essential to reveal their possibilities. Boulez reveals a possibility in "Le Sacre" that is unique and stunning!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2005
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Pierre Boulez, according to some, is known for being too analytical and quite dry in just about everything he does. The recordings come out as meticulously well-played and quite clear, but atmospherically and musically bland. However, I believe there are exceptions: this recording of two of Stravinsky's warhorses is one of them.

Beginning with Petrouchka, Boulez's reputation for making an ensemble play virtuosically and with great clarity is proven. Even while someone may have complained about there not being equal treatment in recording balance, I got the feeling that it sounded more like sitting in an orchestra hall. The soloists play their hearts out (as does the rest of the orchestra) and I have not found anything to complain about.

The excitement of Petrouchka ends and I feel myself begging for more excellent music, and to my relief, Rite of Spring begins with that eerie bassoon solo. I got to thinking that if the beginning solo was any indication of what was to come from the rest of the orchestra on this masterpiece, I was in for a ride I didn't want to get off. The colors and timbre the orchestra put forth and the blend just blew me away. I could feel the terror of this music and it was ingratiating.

Sonics on this recording are top notch and have been since its 'silver disc' debut 11 years ago. So with the quality of sound and quality of performance adding up to top notch, my conclusion is get it and don't regret it. At the price Amazon offers it for, it's a STEAL.
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Pierre Boulez leads brilliant, blistering performances of 2 of Stravinsky's famous ballets, "Petrouchka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). The New York Philharmonic recording of "Petrouchka" (recorded in 1971) has moderate tempos in many places, and Boulez is nicely nuanced where needed. Stravinsky's colorful orchestration is always apparent, and Boulez lets the music speak for itself: the elements of cruelty and grotesquery are always obvious in Stravinsky's score of a somewhat disturbed plot, written just a few years prior to World War I, a time of political and social upheaval and instability. This is a fascinating recording, and I've heard many: Ormandy (Sony), Bernstein/New York (CBS), Dutoit/London Symphony (DG), Ansermet (Decca), Rahbari (Naxos), Craft (Naxos), Monteux/Paris Conservatoire (London LP), and Stravinsky/Columbia Symphony (CBS). Boulez tends to be clinical in parts of the score, and Stravinsky can take it. Very fine recording.

"Le Sacre du Printemps" (the rite of spring) recorded in 1969 with the Cleveland Orchestra, is also excellent. Boulez keeps the motion and momentum going throughout the Part I and II, up to the "sacrificial dance" (final movement) - where he takes a tempo which is slower than usual. Boulez's tempo is not too slow, nor does it drag, but it is slower than Bernstein/New York (Columbia LP), Ancerl (Supraphon), Abbado/London (DG), or Mehta/New York (Sony).

Sound in both recordings is excellent, better than many DDD recordings made in the past 15 years. Highly recommended, as a souvenir of one great conductor/composer interpreting another.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Rathbun on December 4, 2003
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The Rite of Spring is easily one of the most significant pieces of music ever written. Every time I hear a radio station having a listeners' poll of "best pieces of classical music," the Rite is always among the top 5. Though the piece can be challenging for those who have never heard Stravinsky, it's a profound piece that yields more enjoyment with each listen (so the first hundred listens are certainly in the "learning" stage).
Among the recordings out there, each accentuates different aspects of the complexity of Stravinsky's score, and a good handful are worth having. Some are noteworthy for their sheer force, while others for their clarity and refinement. This one, an earlier recording of Cleveland under Boulez, is a nice balance of precision and force. Compared to others, it can seem uninteresting, though. At a budget price, however, it certainly provides return for the dollar. Boston under Ozawa (Reference) is a much more forceful and exact performance, and is also sold at a budget price.
Most of the best recordings are still at full price. Boulez has changed drastically in the last 2 decades--now he is less dogmatic, more flexible, and better liked by orchestra players. Since recording quality has also made great strides, the recent recording of Petrouchka and the Rite with Cleveland under Boulez is hard to pass up. The Petrouchka is especially charming. It is only about $3 more, and every bit worth it.
For sheer force, I have always preferred Saint Louis under Leonard Slatkin, though this may be out of print. For precision, the recent recording of San Francisco under Tilson Thomas cannot be beat.
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