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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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rite of Spring, Part I (Adoration of the Earth): IntroductionIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rite of Spring, Part I (Adoration of the Earth): The Augurs of Spring: Dances of the Young GirlsIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rite of Spring, Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Ritual of AbductionIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rite of Spring, Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Spring RoundsIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rite of Spring, Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Ritual of the Rival TribesIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rite of Spring, Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Procession of the SageIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra0:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rite of Spring, Part I (Adoration of the Earth): The SageIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra0:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rite of Spring, Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Dance of the EarthIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rite of Spring, Part II (The Sacrifice): IntroductionIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rite of Spring, Part II (The Sacrifice): Mystic Circles of the Young GirlsIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rite of Spring, Part II (The Sacrifice): Glorification of the Chosen OneIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rite of Spring, Part II (The Sacrifice): Evocation of the AncestorsIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra0:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rite of Spring, Part II (The Sacrifice): Ritual Action of the AncestorsIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rite of Spring, Part II (The Sacrifice): Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Firebird Suite: IntroductionIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Firebird Suite: The Firebird's DanceIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra0:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Firebird Suite: The Firebird's VariationsIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Firebird Suite: The Princesses' Round DanceIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Firebird Suite: The Infernal DanceIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Firebird Suite: BerceuseIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Firebird Suite: FinaleIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Scherzo à la RusseIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Tango No. 72 - Orchestral VersionIvan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

CHN 32112; CHANNEL CLASSICS - Olanda; Classica Orchestrale

Review

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.

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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PETER DEPROOST on 9 Oct. 2013
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Excellent recording by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, one of the most dynamic symphonic orchestras of today which I already saw in live performances at several occasions. Especially the Firebird suite is a reference recording for me, as it is subtly balanced between intimacy and dynamic expression. Superiour sound quality thanks to (hybrid) SACD recording.
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