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Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Le Sacre du Printemps
 
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Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Le Sacre du Printemps

11 Aug 1992 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Aug 1992
  • Release Date: 3 Aug 1992
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)
  • Copyright: (C) 1992 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:08:18
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  • ASIN: B001N5CAHC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,702 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
Both Petrushka and the Rite date from 1911, and these performances of them were recorded in 1991. By that date Boulez himself was not in the springtime of his youth, and it may well be, as some comment seems to suggest, that his readings are less incisive than in earlier days. Myself, I am not even fully convinced that this is the case, and even if it is the compensations seem to me more than to make up for it. These readings are less strident than some, and there is no sense of straining to obtain effects of contrast. Petrushka's cry, for one thing, is relatively euphonious here, and the Rite in general is probably not quite as dramatic as my wonderful performance, extraordinarily well recorded on a Mercury LP about 50 years ago, by Dorati with the Minneapolis orchestra. On the other hand, Boulez at this stage of his career seems concerned more than before with beauty of orchestral tone, and I say without hesitation that this is the most beautiful Petrushka that I have ever heard in my own lengthening life.

In any case, even if the new approach is less forceful than previously, I detect no loss whatsoever of underlying strength. Boulez has always seemed to me ideally suited as a conductor of Stravinsky. His dynamics may be less `terraced' here than he would once have made them, but the clarity of texture that he obtains is as absolute as ever, and his strength of line and rock-steady firmness of rhythm mark him out as they always did. Above all what is bound to strike you in this performance is the sheer quality of it all. Listening to sound as magnificent as this, I was astonished that it had been achieved so long ago as 1991.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Fish on 31 Jan 2008
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If you are bored of hearing The Rite of Spring played swiftly and cleanly, but were a tad overwhelmed by Valery Gergiev's brutal 1999 recording with the Kirov, then this could be the Rite for you. Barenboim and the Chicago SO are menacingly paced and extremely agressive, but there is also a tight, compacted sound to the orchestra. As for La Mer, this interpretation is a real grower. Barenboim races through it, but it never sounds rushed. It's a harder hearted recording than most others, but that suits La Mer very well- it gives it a elusive, mercurial tone rather than a static, contemplative one. The Boulez is also a nice bonus which reflects niceley the feel of the two main works on offer.

To have captured so well the diverse canvasses of Le Sacre and La Mer is to the credit of the teldec recording quality on this great CD.

P.S To save confusion, I should point out that Pierre Boulez does not conduct at all here- it's Daniel Barenboim.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov 2010
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Barenboim's Rite is quite excellent: powerful, exciting and perfectly paced. It is totaly compelling: you are drawn in and listen at the endge of your seat but it is supremely musical too. The Chicago orchestra makes a glorious sound which the recording catches perfectly. There are mnay excellent Rites available but this one is as good as any. The Debussy has the same qualities and is just as good. This was some session! The Boulez piece a welcome fill-up. Highly recommended.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CWS on 4 Nov 2003
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Barenboim has pulled off quite a coup with this recent recording of the Rite. There are, after all, many versions of this piece available. So what makes this version so good? Well, both conductor and orchestra emerge on top form. Barenboim keeps to the essence of the piece: spontaneity. His is a restless, seething interpretation. The power of the Chicago SO is pleasantly surprising. Indeed, this is a Rite which sends even the seasoned listened to the edge of his seat. The couplings, La Mer and Notations are equally evocative and all the pieces here complement each other very well. Barenboim and the CSO have much to be pleased about. As one has come to expect from Teldec, the sound quality is commendable.
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