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The Rite Of Spring / Petrouchka (Complete Ballet)
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The Rite Of Spring / Petrouchka (Complete Ballet)

17 Aug 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Aug 2009
  • Label: Everest Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 The Criterion Music Company Ltd.
  • Total Length: 1:11:36
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  • ASIN: B002NU8KLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,626 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov 2011
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Eugene Goosens gives superb account of The Rite of Spring and Petroushka, letting the music speak for itself. Every detail is beautifully crafted yet the whole thing is coherent and flows spontaneously. The Rite is very powerful and eloquent without vulgar exaggeration. I really enjoyed the both performances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Ross on 14 Jun 2013
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I suppose over the years I must have heard over 50 different performances of the Rite - never have I heard one which surpasses this in its conception, execution or recording.

This is a truly impressive performance! Tempi in some sections may be slower than is now normal, but that only heightens the tension, and allows often-hidden detail to 'tell'; the whispered hush of the playing is at times breath-taking - as are the immense climaxes! The conclusion - which rarely clinches the piece as it should - is here utterly decisive: a whispered flute and cataclysmic fall.

The recording itself is surely one of the best ever recordings of a large orchestra - vivid in its clarity, depth, spaciousness, dynamic range and plain truthfulness.

As this (2013) is the 'Year of the Rite' don't miss this one!
Just buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Goossens' superb Stravinsky recordings 6 Aug 2010
By L. Johan - Published on Amazon.com
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Sir Eugene Goossens is not very well-known today, but in 1959, when these seminal recordings of Le Sacre du Printemps and Petrouchka were made, he belonged to the club of the usual suspects of famous conductors that where contracted by Everest Records.

Previously coupled on two different Vanguard/Omega releases with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances (Le Sacre du Printemps) and Symphony in Three Movements (Petrouchka), they are now put together on one disc. As such, it is, in my view, a competitor to Stravinsky's own CBS/SONY recordings (Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Petrushka / Le Sacre du Printemps) and Ancerl's Supraphon release (Ancerl Gold Edition 5: Petrushka/Rite of Spring). One could also compare with Ansermet's recordings: Petrouschka.

Goossens conducted the first British performances of Le Sacre du Printemps in 1921. In this 1959 recording, we can probably hear what also shook the 1921 British audience: broad tempi, extreme details, and tremendous force. The first part is more sinister and "pagan" than what is usual these days, and the uncanny atmosphere of part two before the extreme outburst in part two is probably the best on disc.

Goossens' interpretation of Petrouchka is also original and compelling; even if I think that the former work is the main attraction.

These recordings are early stereo, and there are some sonic imperfections. The sound is somewhat veiled, and there are some additional distortion here and there. But don't let this prevent you from enjoying these superb classic recordings.

Highest possible recommendation!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly fine performances 4 April 2011
By Glen A. Gill - Published on Amazon.com
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My familiarity with Sir Eugene Goosens was his tenure as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony and his recordings of the Vaughan Williams "London" Symphony and the Heifetz recording of Walton's Violin Concerto with that orchestra. Hearing Goosens now in much less dated sound reveals what a fine conductor he was.

"Le Sacre..." is a very individual account; not the usual one has come to expect. This was recorded years before the score became a part of the standard repertiore of every major (and minor) symphony orchestra. Interpretively, this is not the virtuoso showpiece of the standard repertoire either(where even youth orchestras can deliver a blistering account). One will be immediately struck by the great difference in tempos. Some sound standard while others will appear almost shocking in their slow moving (could these represent the original dance tempos?); especially since the slowness of some sections could not be due to technical difficulty.

There is the occasional mic overload (distortion) in the more extreme passages. But, I do not find them particularly annoying. In fact, I believe they add to the overall excitement of the performance. Besides, you would get the same kind of overload from some of Stokowski's Phase 4 recordings and I have never heard anything negative about those instances. Strange though that the people who remastered this recording failed to provide any (!) tracks to this recording. This performance is one long 37+ minute track. They don't even separate the two parts (Adoration of the Earth and The Sacrifice). This is the kind of sloppiness one had come to expect when Everest was producing vinyl. To see this on the CD disappoints greatly.

The "Petroushka" is a welcome surprise. I have not heard such clarity and detail since I last listened to my vinyl Quad copy of Boulez's NYPO account. Not too many surprises here with approach. Just a great performance. Here, the engineers did insert tracks to separate the 4 parts.
Overall, for those that remember the generally poor sound that came from Everest vinyl, put those memories out of your head. These are great recordings with a fine analog soundstage that rightfully deserve their place in any audio library.
A grand classic! 16 Oct 2013
By Donald F. King - Published on Amazon.com
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I am thrilled to have this disc back in my collection! 40+ years ago, in my Music Appreciation 101 class, I became acquainted with this Stravinsky work. I purchased this very album on Everest Records as an inexpensive way to secure it. Through the years I "upgraded" to the Stravinsky-conducted, 1911 version... and always missed my original Everest record. Now that it is available again, I couldn't be happier with the sound or level of artistry surrounding this disc. Kudos for making it available again!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Reissue 9 Mar 2012
By P. H. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not an original Everest disc. Sound is nearly as good as original Everest. Well done transfer. Worth owning.
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