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  • Performer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Composer: James DePreist
  • Audio CD (January 16, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delos
  • ASIN: B000056T8Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Fine on January 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a recording producer, I've made three recordings of Stravinsky's classic and heard countless others: this, with James DePreist and the Oregon Symphony, is one of the very best. I'm tempted to say that it is the first in a very long time that honors its original status as a ballet. Compelling, powerful and dramatic, it is still balletic in conception. (This may also be said for the recordings made by the man who premiered the work, Pierre Monteux.) The orchestra played splendidly during the sessions and the sound, by my colleague John Eargle, has extraordinary presence and impact. Rush out and buy it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Herbert W. Fawcett on January 24, 2007
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This is a welcome addition to the many recordings of Stravinsky's Rite. The sound is rich and mellow, pagan and savage, light, powerful...everything you want from the Rite with perfect clarity on my demanding sound system. What struck me immediately, as a bassoonist with years of playing behind me, was the beauty of sound and coherence of phrasing by Mark Eubanks, the principal bassoonist. I suspect that it may relate to his additional skill as a jazz player that he creates a feeling of complete freedom in the solo passage that opens the Ballet. He takes no unwarranted liberties, but within Stravinsky's explicitly notated structure, he suavely communicates the contemplative mood of the opening bassoon solo. There is no way to detect that this is a very difficult moment for the bassoon. Add this to your collection, especially if you have an interest in the bassoon superbly played in a great setting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saint Richard on July 8, 2014
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Compared to some older renderings, I find these performances, albeit superbly well recorded (what else, on the Delos label?), to be just a bit too tame.

Another reviewer - who is certainly entitled to his opinion - praised this performance for reminding us that the Rite was originally intended as a ballet. Apparently, this was his way of describing what - to my tastes - seems a somewhat subdued or polite performance.

My own view is that music depicting the Pagan Sacrifice of a young maiden (which is what the Ballet is about) was not intended to sound too civilized; this music - in my opinion - is SUPPOSED to be wild and primitive.

For this reason, there are PERFORMANCES (though not necessarily RECORDINGS) of "Le Sacre..." that I prefer; The offering of Michel Tilson Thomas with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for example (DG LP 2530 252).

As for "The Firebird", also included on this disc, it isn't a bad performance at all. But I doubt that anyone will ever publish a more delightful "Firebird" than that of Robert Shaw and the Atlantic (on Telarc CD-80039). This Telarc CD was arguably the world's best CD demo disc when it was first released a few decades ago and is good enough to remain a contender for that honor even today. For those with sound systems that can handle it, the Telarc CD-80039 "Firebird" is a MUST HAVE, block-buster recording that also includes some beautiful selections from Borodin.

On balance, weighing the performances along with the very high quality of recording, the DePreist / Oregon offering is actually quite good. I am giving this disc four stars.
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