I read numerous reviews of this 1962 recording of Stravinsky conducting The Rite of Spring, most of them disparaging. Nonetheless I bought the recording to hear the composer's own thoughts on performing his music. The recording is a revelation. Used as we are to the slick, powerhouse chords of modern performances, this recording builds at a more 'musical' pace, note the flexible tempos, making the climaxes even more exciting and enthralling, allowing the listener to understand how the music breathes and builds. I have a number of recordings of 'The Rite', Bernstein, Von Karajan etc., however this recording, in excellent sound, is never far from the turntable.