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  • Conductor: Ivan Fischer
  • Composer: Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Channel Classics
  • ASIN: B006HC23AU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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CHN 32112; CHANNEL CLASSICS - Olanda; Classica Orchestrale

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Ivan Fischer's new Rite of Spring is lean and hungry, razor-sharp and matches his description of it: "fresh, pagan, scary, new and beautiful. --Observer

Often regarded as the starting point of modern music, Stravinsky's Rite will mark 100 years of uninterrupted performance next year, now more often heard in the concert hall and on record than it is seen on stage as a ballet. Even today, it is easy to imagine the uproar it caused at its premiere on May 29, 1913, perhaps the most notorious music-theatre scandal of the 20th century, when pro and contra factions made their own vocal contributions, which erupted into physical violence and made its composer an overnight celebrity,a household name alongside his famous collaborators, the impresario Diaghilev and the dancer/choreographer Nijinsky. Although Stravinsky may have exaggerated the extent to which his music, rather than Nijinsky's choreography, which has not survived the test of time,caused this famous riot, The Rite of Spring remains a seismic event in the history of music, still astounding in a performance as gripping and as powerful as this live account by Fischer's BFO. These Hungarians manage the remarkable feat of making this familiar music sound ever fresh and new. I love Fischer's chamber-music textures in Dances of the Adolescent Girls, and his Dance of the Earth sounds positively volcanic. The couplings are generous: Fischer favours the 1919 Firebird Suite over the complete ballet. It is ravishingly played, and there are two encores , the 1944 symphonic version of Scherzo à la Russe and the 1940 orchestration of Tango No 72. --Hugh Canning,Sunday Times

I can still feel the tingle generated by Iván Fischer's breathtaking account of Mahler's Symphony No 1 with his Budapest Festival Orchestra at last year's Proms. It was,on that night, the best orchestra on the planet, alive to every nuance in the score, the sounds admirably blended yet dancing with individual colour. The team's present all-Stravinsky disc cannot deliver the same intense electric shock; we need a live performance for that. But it certainly makes your speakers shake, especially during the 20th century's most famous bone-rattler, The Rite of Spring, 100 years old next year. The rather fruity acoustic of the orchestra's usual recording venue, Budapest's Palace of Arts, adds a memorable depth of resonance to the timpani thwacks and rampaging brass in Stravinsky's revolutionary score. This is one of the earthiest, most pagan accounts of the ballet around. It's also one of the most carefully considered whenever Stravinsky writes in a slow tempo. The Spring Rounds of Part One carry a heavy weight, as the score directs, but they're also sensuous, thanks to Fischer's phrasing and the Budapest woodwinds dark glow.There's a fetching languor too about the introduction to Part Two. Whenever the music jerks into high gear the notes cascading, polyrhythms jabbing the contrast is doubly thrilling. Fischer in the booklet writes of the Rite as still sounding fresh, pagan,scary,new and beautiful after its century of life. All the adjectives can certainly be applied to this ear-stretching interpretation. Following that, Fischer offers the suite Stravinsky extracted in 1919 from his first ballet, The Firebird. Chronologically the order should have been reversed; and it's hard at first to settle to this more picturesque score after the Rite's bombardments. But the vigour and vivid colours of Fischer's account soon win you over, making you wish you were hearing the ballet complete, not chopped into seven short sections. Instead, the disc is filled out with two lightweight footnotes from the 1940s: the Scherzo à la Russe, delivered with a nice loping gait, and the orchestral version of Stravinsky's piano Tango a light, tight, smoky piece that gets smudged in the Palace of Arts acoustic. Buy this CD for The Rite of Spring; and before you play it, warn the neighbours. --Geoff Brown ,The Times

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Roy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Feb. 2012
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Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra are rapidly becoming the 'dream team' for standard (and not so standard) repertoire. Almost everything they turn their hands to turns to musical gold and this new release is no exception.

The 'Rite of Spring' is one of my all time favourite pieces and I've amassed a fair few recordings over the years. For me, Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra have been the version that I judge others by, both in terms of playing, recording and approach. However, Fischer and the Budapest Orchestra are equal in all respects.

As always in a new recording, I look for details I've not heard before and Fischer delivers in spades. (Although there's no real 'Urtext' with this piece and some conductors add and subtract at their leisure). Either way, the Channel Classics recording reveals EVERY detail of what's on offer.

The playing is exciting and committed and, in my opinion, this disc is superb.

Buy it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Allsopp on 17 April 2012
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I rarely write reviews because I am rarely blown away by a new recording. For this I will make an exception. I have about 20 recordings of The Rite and I thought I had one or two leaders (most notably Boulez with Cleveland), but this is a mile ahead. In terms of recording quality it is clean and clear but without any hint of dryness. But the playing is just awesome. Every single instrument is under complete control and the combined colours seem to change like a kaleidoscope - there are no rushed or blurred phrases which I'm afraid all the top boys have. Will everything the Budapest Festival do turn to gold, well if this standard is maintained then the answer is yes!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judy Spotheim on 24 April 2012
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This SACD is recorded with two sonic mind-sets:
One is the Firebird & tango, the other is the Rite of Spring:

The rite of spring:
Yes, the Channel Classics here "reveals EVERY detail of what's on offer", as the other reviewer put it - including a muffled, weak, unsubstantial bass attacks that robs the reading and the listening pleasure of what's in the score.
The orchestra is given a bit of too distance placement from the microphones (in the editing and in the 'control-board'/volume setting) as a result the sound does not have the concert hall spread nor a good large studio recording spread - its quite narrow and almost contained in a shoe-box (read that as unimpressive SACD offering of such a great music...)

I guess the recording team has done what's possible there (and a bit more by the extensive use of too many microphones) counting-in that the concert-hall stage there is cramp, not big enough for a beefed up orchestra - see photos of this recording and how the back of the stage is formed like a horse-shoe with the musicians practically flattened against the back-wall; Bad for such a gigantic work and that the players are huddled together there...
Quite a disappointment this one is in-spite of the rave reviews endowed on it by the so called 'Gramophone tin-can-ears'...One should whole heatedly turn to the Concertgebouw SACD recording or to the Bis SACD offering instead.

I am certain the two recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, one on RCA (Yuri Temirkanov - DDD recording) the other on Tring label (Yuri Simonov DDD recording) do to the 'Rite of Spring' more justice, has more drive, more tension, and a better sound-stage presentation and sounds more dynamic.
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