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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring / Firebird Suite / Scherzo / Tango Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import

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The concept for The Rite of Spring originated with the Russian philosopher and painter Nicholas Roerich. Roerich shared his idea with Stravinsky in 1910 a fleeting vision of a pagan ritual in which a young girl dances herself to death. The duo joined forces with Sergei Diaghilev s Ballets Russes and Stravinsky s composition began to take shape. Vaslav Nijinsky, the company s leading male dancer, conceived of a completely original dance style that was a radical departure from ballet of the time. The Rite of Spring s 1913 première created one of the most famous classical music riots in history. Its intensely rhythmic score, primitive scenery and radical choreography completely shocked the audience, who were accustomed to the elegant conventions of classical ballet. Almost 100 years later, The Rite of Spring still has the ability to shock it still sounds fresh, pagan and new. On this Super Audio recording, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra offer a powerful and intense performance that reveals the underlying simplicity that forms the foundation of the work.

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Every new release by Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra for Channel Classics is something of an event. --Classics Today

Ivan Fischer's new Rite of Spring is lean and hungry, razor-sharp... it is full of piercing, unfamiliar detail and accumulates tremendous weight.... Fischer's Firebird is achingly lyrical... --The Guardian

This is the first recorded performance of the Rite of Spring that makes me believe that the work could have caused that riot at its premiere in Paris in 1913. --Audiophile Audition
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ivan Fischer
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (February 14, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: CHANNEL CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B006HC23AU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William Dodd on February 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Well, it finally arrived, and I couldn't be more delighted with Fischer's Rite and Firebird Suite. The sound and performance are revelations letting me hear "interior" instruments as I have never heard them before. Without a doubt this is the finest orchestral recording I have ever heard in my home. The orchestra is immediate without being too close. The percussion is incredibly present without being out of balance with the orchestra. After listening to this, I immediately put on my other recent SACD recording of The Rite, Litton's on BIS. In no way do I mean to demean the BIS recording, but the CC was far more involving and present. By comparison, the Litton seemed quite distant--except for the bass drum THWACKS! The multi-channel mix on the Fischer is heavenly, but the two channel mix will not disappoint in any way.

But what of the performance and interpretation? I have countless Rites. My favorites are Bernstein's NYPO, from '58, the Composer's also on Sony, and Monteux's from 1951. I have and enjoy many others. Boulez is interesting, Gergiev is certainly unique, and even von Karajan's is somewhat refreshing perhaps once a year. But once again, Fischer has shown me something new, and opened this work up for me. Will you like it? That I can't answer, but I will tell you I find it first rate in every way. It is exciting, primal, wrenching, and beautiful.

And what or the Firebird Suite? I've always found there are two ways to approach The Firebird, suite or complete: Looking back to Rimsky, or looking ahead to The Rite. Conductors such as Scherchen bring pre-echos of Sacre. I don't hear this with Fischer--nor do I miss it. This is an achingly beautiful Firebired. While the Infernal Dance is without doubt exciting, massively involving, it does not do this by previewing The Rite.

The two short pieces are delightful.

Yes, you DO need yet another Rite! Highly recommended
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Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' demands a pitch perfect performance, and high fidelity in recording, and I'm glad to say this SACD delivers on both counts. The 5.0 mix showcases the composition beautifully with a wide dynamic range and soundstage. Each instrument gets it's chance to shine. Note: as in many classical multi-channel recordings, there is no separate subwoofer channel - therefore it's 5.0 rather than 5.1 surround. The lack of a subwoofer channel is entirely appropriate, and does not detract in any way.
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Purely from the standpoint of sound quality, this new release from Channel Classics surpasses every single recording I've ever heard of these three, oh-so seminal Stravinsky works: "Rite Of Spring" (original 1919 version), "Firebird" Suite and "Scherzo a la Russe". Channel Classics and Fischer also threw in the two minute long "Tango No. 72".

From the purely interpretive standpoint, one could argue endlessly about just what the right tempi for the various sections (and subsections) should be within "The Rite". I find Fischer's 'interpretation' to be as convincing as any other I've heard (yes, some are better than others - that goes without saying). Channel Classics superb sound quality and Fischer's excellent balances not only facilitate one in hearing every bloody bleep-and-bloop within the score, it helps to define Stravinsky's harmonies to a level that I've never before noticed. You could practically take harmonic dictation just from listening to it (writing out the chord changes). That might seem like a trivial point, but name another piece that's more of an 'orchestral spectacular' than "Le Sacre du Printemps".

The "Firebird" Suite not only benefits from the same excellent sonics, conductor Ivan Fischer manages to bring out the lavish and sumptuous qualities of the work - more like exotic Rimsky-Korsakov than The Rite. "Scherzo a la Russe" is hardly profound Stravinsky, but it's also pleasant, fun and innocuous.

Please note: I listened to this on just the plain-old CD layer, as I do not own an SACD player (and don't want to until I can afford GOOD 5.1 surround equipment). Yes, there have been hundreds of fine releases of Stravinsky's big three ballets (these two plus "Petrushka").
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Record reviewing has sunk so low that the Guardian can describe Ivan Fischer's often low-key Le sacre as "lean and hungry, razor-sharp." There have been few readings as soft-grained as this one, although Karajan took a similar approach. Where Karajan smoothed over the music's yowl and growl, Fischer uses them judiciously, to make them really count. The enthusiastic reviewers at amazon are bowled over by the SACD sound, which is certainly good in two-channel stereo, too, if not eyebrow-raising. As a great Bartok interpreter, Fischer is well placed to capture the intricate rhythms and faux barbarism of Stravinsky's masterpiece. Now that we've reached the work's centennial year, there will be dozens of reissues (literally dozens if you buy Decca's massive tribute collection).

Fischer has always succeeded by having new but not outlandish ideas about familiar scores. He's good at phrasing in such a way that your attention is drawn in, using finesse rather than power. That's true here, too. This isn't a blockbuster Le sacre. For one thing, the Budapest Festival Orch. doesn't possess the virtuoso soloists that highlight accounts by Bernstein and Boulez, for example. The score has become the thinking man's version of The Planets, an occasion for all-out showmanship and state-of-the-art sound. It would be a mistake to say that Fischer aims in that direction, despite the splashy engineering.

Instead, he remixes the Rite as he hears it, and being a sensitive conductor, the way he hears it is often interesting. Previously Fischer made a success with his Miraculous Mandarin, a score as fascinating in its modernist sound world as Le sacre.
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