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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000C29B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Of the versions of this piece I've had the pleasure of listening to this most certainly tops the list. Bernstein takes a clean, intense approach to this complex work, and I must say it truly pays off. The Bernstein Century series has yet to disappoint.
As to the reference to crowd noise by an earlier reviewer; having listened to this disc many, many times I have absolutely no idea to what you refer. I have never heard any such thing.
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Bernstein brilliantly conducted these two difficult works by stravinsky. Very well interpreted tempos and syncopations. The orchestra responds very well to him. The sound quality is superb, almost a shame that you can't hear the clapping at the end. Both peices deserve standing ovations, and I would hope that Sony could find more recordings of bernstein to release.
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I remember the original LP. L.B. brought out more detail and power in that recording than I have heard in others before. The LSO is in top form for the recording too. The brass roar without reserve. I have to admit as a trumpet player this pleases me. I also like the subtlety of interpretation in the quiet portions of the score. Although the music may be quiet and few instruments may be playing the intensity of the music is clear as a bell. This performance is not much like many of the accepted "good" performances from the period in which it was made. Compare this recording to the one conducted by the composer and you will understand what I mean.

Unfortunately, I'm not 100% convinced this is truly the London Symphony performance under L.B. It sounds like the New York Philharmonic. The London Symphony was astounding because of the way the brass roared when pushed. I didn't hear that in this release.

I'm in the process of buying an original Columbia LP of the actual London Symphony recording to compare with this one.
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There seems to be some controversy, at least in the mind of one other reviewer, as to which Rite of Spring recording this really is. I'm hardly competent to join that discussion, but for my money this is a fine recording of the work: lush and emotional, packing a reall wallop at the end. In comparison, If find Stravinsky's own record of it far more tame and analytic, and I don't know but that I rather prefer that approach to it much of the time. If you're looking for a Le Sacre that will slap you sharply in the face, this is it. That same impulsive vivacity definitely serves the companion piece on this release, Stravinsky's suite from The Firebird. From the first rolling notes the the uplifting finale, this recording by the NYPO under Bernstein is relentlessly compelling -- it's my favorite, though again I from time to time have to give a nod to the composer's own recording, again more analytic yet in its way also gripping.
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To my ears, this is a deeper and more well-considered version of the Rite of Spring than Bernstein's 1959 New York recording. Both have slightly dated "historical" sound; I suppose all things considered I slightly prefer the sound on this, though it's not perfect. The earlier version is Bernstein as young man, charging ahead without regard to nuance or subtlety; this 1972 version brings out more of Stravinsky's music with an interpretation that depends less on bluster and force and more on nuance and insight--though it's still a fiery performance. Highly recommended. For a reading that continues this trend, Bernstein's Isreal Philharmonic recording on DGG label is very well recorded. Tempos are broader, and there is slightly less of the white-hot intensity of his New York or London performances--but it's still Bernstein.
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The Introduction to Part 1 here falls flat for me, and the Introduction to Part 2 similarly doesn't have enough magic for my tastes. However, whenever things start to get hairy, and the percussion enters, watch out! I have yet to hear Bernstein '58, but, if these are the vestiges, then it must be what everyone says.

So, really, how does this recording not get lost in the shuffle?: I can't see this being anyone's first choice, but it still has a lot going for it. I'd still keep it waaay down on the list of 'Le Sacre' prorities.

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This CD is one of the finest examples of Le Sacre that I have ever heard. In this recording, Leonard Bernstein and the Philharmonic, make every part of this controversial work come alive. It has been said that Stravinsky developed the art of Primitive music, but it is also known that this work is a hard piece to perform, and so whena recording like this comes along, you shouldn't pass it by.
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