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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000W99IJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  1. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - The Augurs of Spring: Dances of the Young Girls 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Ritual of Abduction 1:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Spring Rounds 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Ritual of the Rival Tribes 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Procession of the Sage0:42£0.39  Buy MP3 
  7. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - The Sage0:25£0.39  Buy MP3 
  8. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Dance of the Earth 1:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 2: The Sacrifice - Introduction 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 2: The Sacrifice - Mystic Circles of the Young Girls 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 2: The Sacrifice - Glorification of the Chosen One 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 2: The Sacrifice - Evocation of the Ancestors0:46£0.39  Buy MP3 
13. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 2: The Sacrifice - Ritual Action of the Ancestors 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947) / Part 2: The Sacrifice - Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One) 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 1. Introduzione (Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace10:09Album Only
16. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 2. Giuoco della coppie (Allegretto scherzando) 6:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 3. Elegia (Andante, non troppo) 8:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 4. Intermezzo interrotto (Allegretto) 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 5. Finale (Pesante - Presto) 9:25£0.99  Buy MP3 

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sungu Okan on 27 Jan. 2009
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Karajan and Le Sacre: sounds very diferrent, doesn't it? But, you can believe me, it is definitely "not" dissapointing. If you are an "objective" listener, you will be happy with that Le Sacre version.

First of all, I should say, this Le Sacre is the famous 1964 recording, not from 1977, which is better for sound quality, but more steady, dignified reading, not so risky.

Igor Stravinsky, who recorded the work himself in Sony, criticized that recording as "a pat savage more than real one". Especially, he disliked the tempo of "Ritual of Ancestors", he described it as "tempo di hoochie-koochie"! Well, as we know, Stravinsky hated Romanticisim in music, he was clearly analytic-musician. And Karajan is totally opposite of him! And so, this is why the composer wasn't like that reading. However, everybody doesn't agree the critic of Stravinsky. In the other hand, the cult pianist Glenn Gould, who very much liked that performance, said "the most imaginative and, in a purely compartmentalized sense, inspired realization".

So, when I get this CD, I was confused, but after listening, I really feel respectfully to Karajan's vision. First of all, Berliner Philharmoniker show a truly virtuosic playing. Very harmonious woodwinds, first class brass, very distinct percussion, full of warm strings. They can handle the difficulties, complexities of the score. By the way, there is a risk feeling, which it makes the music more vivid, flamboyant. just check the "Sacrifical Dance", in the last moments, your heart-beats will get faster, you can trust me. Yes, this is sophisticated, but it is a different aspect and it is worth to give a chance of course.

By the way, there is a great performance of a Bartok masterpiece, Concerto for Orchestra, which sounds so rich in that recording.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2010
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Gould was right and Stravinsky was just afraid of being upstaged (he had his own, superlative new recording to promote). Karajan's Rite Of Spring is a sacrifice conducted in fin de siecle Vienna or some such decadent place. It is cruel and unyielding, but also sly and superficially charming, sensuous. Much like I imagine - not having yet heard it - his Elektra must have sounded in the theatre. You must have Stravinsky's, or Gergiev's, but don't miss this. It is really sleazy, vividly recorded.

The Bartok is similarly marvellous and the best of the three concertos by HvK - wave away the earlier EMi efforts, this is the bees knees. More proof that you don't have to be Hungarian or Russian to succeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2013
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This is a fantastic coupling of two of the 20th Century's finest orchestral showpieces played by a stunning orchestra and conductor at their 1960s peak. I have enjoyed both but to my surprise enjoyed the Stravinsky more than the Bartok.

Stravinsky was famously sniffy about Karajan's recording. I don't recall why exactly but having read the article in which he rubbished it, he didn't have much time for Bernstein or Solti in this work either. I think it was that he perceived the Berlin Philharmonic to be a Germanic orchestra who were not attuned to the kind of savage balletic work he had conceived. Karajan has explained his aesthetic simply, i.e. that every player ensures that he plays every note to its full value. This performance is as exciting as any but additionally, it is also the most beautiful sounding rendition I have ever heard. While for me it won't displace other fine performances I have heard, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed listening to it and recommend it very highly.

I find it slightly harder to review the Bartok. This would seem on the face of it to be work in which Karajan would excel. He had already recorded it in the 1950s with the Philharmonia and he re-recorded in in the 1970s. It is a showpiece that Bartok wrote in his mature years to display the virtuosity of the Boston Symphony Orchesta and showed how he had completely subsumed the folk idioms of his native Hungary into his compositional style.

For some reason, I did not think that Karajan completely managed to convey everything required. It is of course beautifully played and lovely to hear; its just that I kept feeling that something was missing. I played it twice and both times, I enjoyed a lush Straussian performance but wasn't particularly moved or excited.
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