Claudio Abbado enjoyed an international career almost without parallel, and occupied a position of unique standing in the musical world.
Admired and loved by the artists with whom he collaborated, he astonished and delighted audiences with the vivacity and poise of music-making and through his career as a conductor he took in a remarkable range of composers’ works.
I've listened to many recordings of The Rite of Spring and found Abbado's version near-ideal. He is one of few conductors who manage to present the intricate beauty and colours of Stravinsky's ingenious orchestration without sacrificing the brutal primeval force of the music. The 70s' stereo recording quality is superb.