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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy
 
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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

7 Sep 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 55:01
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  • ASIN: B004PLC1LQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,039 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp on 18 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
Valery Gergiev is a passionate conductor and it is somewhat of a surprise to hear his interpretation of Stravinsky's landmark work. This is an unusally quiet, brooding birth, less the outwardly dramatic, sonic bursting performances to which we've grown accustomed. While we wait for what Salonen and the LA Phil do with this work in the new acoutically wondrous Disney Hall in Los Angeles there is much to be learned and absorbed by this magnificently understated recording. Gergiev presents the ballet score more as a symphonic poem, uncovering many delicate moments rarely heard in this masterpiece. Not that he is afraid of massive outbursts - those are captured by him in this spacious recording brilliantly. The Kirov Orchestra obviously has played this piece countless times, evident in the inner voices of the orchestra sounding so completely secure. Just take the time to listen to this performance in a darkened room at night, and the effect is astonishingly mysterious and strangely "beautiful".
The Scriabin without the light effects has always seemed to me to be a work truly created for the recording industry! There is little structure to POEM OF ECSTASY but it is brimming over in lush colors and eroticism. Not a great work, but Gergiev plays it for all its kitschy goodness and makes it wholly believable. This recording of the POEM is a gold standard for orchestral colors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Oct 2013
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This disc, very well recorded in 1999, brings impressive performances of both works. These make an unusual coupling but both share the large scale of creative vision so, in that way, they could make sense coupled together as here.

Gergiev takes a typically heavyweight view of the Rite and his choice of tempi is no doubt influenced by his experiences of conducting the staged ballet as it was first envisaged, in contrast with the many conductors who view it as an orchestral piece separate from any likelihood of staged ballet. Gergiev's version of the ballet is now available on Blu-ray/DVD and is danced and played by the Kirov ballet. Although that recording of the ballet was made after this recording, the similarity of approach with an eye to what is actually practical as dance, is apparent in this recording and that adds to its sense of authenticity.

The Scriabin Poem is a later work in his short life where his imagination was becoming very free flowing. This is evident in his use of thematic material and the orchestration which requires a very large orchestra. The work is not a regular part of the repertory and this performance is as good as one can hope for. It manages to keep a grip on a score that can so easily lose directional sense.

In both works the playing of the orchestra is outstanding and the recording does the players proud.

I would suggest that this disc deserves to be seriously considered as a strong possibility for purchase by both collectors interested in multiple interpretations and also purchasers looking for a single example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crinkle Crags on 18 April 2013
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I was introduced to Stravinsky's masterpiece in 1959 when I bought the then highly rated Decca LP featuring Ernest Ansermet and L'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande. And now in 2013 after hearing numerous versions through the intervening decades, I was persuaded to purchase this version.
What a revalation. I am hearing sounds missing before, with phrasing and emphasis that presents a whole new experience and rejuvenates my delight. It must be a combination of Gergiev's perception, the Kirov musicians and the recording technicians. One thing is for sure ... Stravinsky wrote every note and intended each one to be heard. The result is thrilling.
I am indebted to those people who have taken the trouble to write their opinions and praise this CD so highly. Without your input I may very well have missed it. Thank you.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 July 2009
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Previous reviewers on Amazon.uk are uniformly positive about this disc. There are far more reviews on Amazon.com but they include some ridiculously harsh and derogatory judgements about the sound, the interpretation and the playing. Too many people on Amazon get their kicks by being superior and snooty about first-rate artists, so let's dispense with their criticisms first. OK; the tam-tam is momentarily lost and out of time right at the beginning of the "Dance of the Earth" and just occasionally the horns are underlit by the engineer, but these tiny flaws pale into insignificance beside the raw energy, commitment and passion of this performance. What so many dolts call "mistakes" are the results of Gergiev's interpretation; he is no slave to the score but uses it as a springboard to deliver a thrilling, newly thought-out version of this seminal work. Thus the cross-rhythms are played with, unwritten pauses are introduced (as before the final chord) and tempi subtly distorted to create specific effects: that's what a conductor is supposed to do, I thought, as long as it is artistically justified - and here it certainly is. I ask you, is it really likely that a conductor of Gergiev's eminence, directing his own orchestra, who have played this difficult piece countless times, would mess up so badly given three days to record less than an hour's music? The sound is an engineering triumph; so much is intense and startling, and so much detail emerges within a dynamic spectrum that ranges from a true ppp to a real fff that this is an audio-buff's dream. The clarity of the sound allows us to hear that Gergiev is at times a bit vocal, as is his wont, but he's hardly the first conductor to supply a few ostinato grunts. To cap it off, we have spectacular performance of Scriabin's post-Wagnerian/Debussyian indulgence "The Poem of Ecstasy": a lush, dreamy account which flowers into a magnificent climax.

Ignore the carpers; this is a superb disc.
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