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Stravinsky: Firebird, The Rite of Spring [CD]

Igor Stravinsky , Columbia Symphony Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Columbia Symphony
  • Conductor: Igor Stravinsky
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (8 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00006AW4T
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. L'Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird)
2. Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
3. Introduction
4. Le Jardin enchant? de Kastchei
5. Apparition de l'Oiseau de feu
6. Danse de l'Oiseau de feu
7. Capture de l'Oiseau de feu par Ivan Tsar?vitch
8. Supplication de l'Oiseau de feu
9. Apparition des treize princesses enchant?es
10. Jeu des princesses avec les pommes d'or (Scherzo)
11. Brusque apparition d'Ivan Tsar?vitch
12. Corovod (Ronde) des princesses
13. Lever du jour (Ivan Tsarevitch penetre dans le Palais de Kastchei)
14. "Carillon f?erique, apparition des monstres-Gardiens de Kastchei et capture d'Ivan Tsar?vitch"
15. Arriv?e de Kastchei L'Immortel
16. Dialogue de Kastchei avec Ivan Tsar?vitch
17. Intercession des princesses
18. Apparition de l'Oiseau de feu
19. Danse de la suite de Kastchei enchant?e par l'Oiseau de feu
20. Danse infernale de tous les sujets de Kastchei
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not bypass this recording 29 July 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rite from the horse's mouth 24 May 2014
By panda
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(Forgive the silly pun, but you don't get more authentic than this.) So many classic recordings of the past are now being gobbled up into doorstep-sized boxes at £80 a time I begin to worry about the future availability of single vintage classical CDs. So when this cropped up on Amazon (Zoverstocks) for less than the price of the Sunday Times, it had to be snapped up. Remarkable in itself that the Rite - which celebrated its centenary last year - should be available in stereo (1959 I think) recorded by the composer. I once had part of Stravinsky's first Paris recording (1927 I think) on an ancient 78. I recall it as pretty primitive sounding but a precociously visceral experience for a callow schoolboy of 13. Immediately hooked, one of my first full-priced LPs when I was allowed my first "modern" record player was Dorati's Minneapolis recording (which I now have on CD.) Anyway, it's exciting now in old age to be taken through this extraordinary piece yet again. The Rite, like Beethoven 5, still has the power to thrill, move and overwhelm the listener no matter how many times you have heard it.
Stravinsky's last recording here is direct, dramatic, brisk, intense and immediate, with an appropriate rawness and roughness to the sound (and sometimes to the playing) which is absolutely faithful to the spirit of this extraordinary music. This does not preclude moments of poetry and stillness - particularly in the prelude to part 2. The brass regularly make a raucously strident contribution - they were obviously giving it welly for the old man and thoroughly enjoying themselves too! There are a few vagaries of balance - when the sound picture recedes unexpectedly then comes back with full impact. But whatever other recordings of the Rite you have (and there are quite a few out there!
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