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  • Audio CD (23 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00DNVWS0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre - IntroductionThe Philadelphia Orchestra 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre - The Augurs Of Spring: Dances Of The Young GirlsThe Philadelphia Orchestra 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre - Ritual Of AbductionThe Philadelphia Orchestra 1:16£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre - Spring RoundsThe Philadelphia Orchestra 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre - Ritual Of The Rival TribesThe Philadelphia Orchestra 1:47£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre - Procession Of The SageThe Philadelphia Orchestra0:40£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre - The SageThe Philadelphia Orchestra0:24£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre - Dance Of The EarthThe Philadelphia Orchestra 1:14£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2: Le Sacrifice - Introduction (Largo)The Philadelphia Orchestra 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2: Le Sacrifice - Mystical Circles Of The Young GirlsThe Philadelphia Orchestra 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2: Le Sacrifice - Glorification Of The Chosen OneThe Philadelphia Orchestra 1:30£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2: Le Sacrifice - Evocation Of The AncestorsThe Philadelphia Orchestra0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2: Le Sacrifice - Ritual Action Of The AncestorsThe Philadelphia Orchestra 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Part 2: Le Sacrifice - Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)The Philadelphia Orchestra 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. J.S. Bach: Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565The Philadelphia Orchestra10:04£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen16. J.S. Bach: Fugue In G Minor, BWV 578 "The Little"The Philadelphia Orchestra 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. J.S. Bach: Passacaglia And Fugue In C Minor, BWV 582The Philadelphia Orchestra12:38£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Stravinsky: PastoraleThe Philadelphia Orchestra 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

The debut Deutsche Grammophon orchestral album from the Philadelphia Orchestra and their Music Director, leading French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
A powerful musical tribute to the mighty Leopold Stokowski (1882 1977), 35 years after his death, from the young conductor who now continues his legacy.
This new album focuses on Stravinsky s daring, revolutionary and game-changing ballet score, The Rite of Spring given its American premiere performance by Stokowski and his Philadelphia Orchestra, plus a selection of popular Stokowski transcriptions, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor (J. S. Bach)

Tracklist

1 - 14 Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
15 Bach/ Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
16 Bach/ Stokowski: Fugue in G minor
17 Bach/ Stokowski: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

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It's very good to see the Philadelphia Orchestra back in the hands of a major label after years of being restricted to minor labels like Ondine. They have a star conductor in Yannick Nezet-Seguin, who has been rising to international prominence and brings a new DG record contract with him. There have been doubts about Nezet-Seguin's true talent though, so I viewed this disc as a test of his abilities.

Certainly this reading of Le Sacre should help to boost his reputation. There's a definite sense of inspiration from the podium and Philly fans will be overjoyed to hear the orchestra in such good form. There's no mistaking this orchestra for the Berlin Phil (which released a staggering Le Sacre with Rattle earlier this year) but they play with freedom and don't struggle getting around the notes. As for the interpretation itself, Nezet-Seguin doesn't attempt to make the score truly shocking, but that's the norm as we celebrate its centenary. In its own right, this is a thrilling reading that has true energy to guide us through a palette of gorgeous colors. Thankfully Nezet-Seguin doesn't linger over the notes or come across as at all studied. If anything, this reading could use a bit more cohesion. Nothing sounds savage yet there's a strong disjunct feel--the notes seem to fly out of nowhere. We don't experience the racing pyrotechnics of Salonen with the Philharmonia, but this reading certainly sounds more jagged than most. Some things jump out at the listener, especially the slow hammering at the end of the "Mystical Circles of the Young Girls" contrasted with the sudden surge of speed at the start of the "Glorification of the Chosen One". My only complaint is that we don't get the last thrust of inspiration from the podium.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henri Pastor on 4 Aug 2014
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sibelius on 9 Nov 2013
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Absolutely outstanding especially from Stokowski's old orchestra. Bach via Stokowski is utopia. Yannick Nezet Seguin is to be applauded for carrying on the tradition.
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A Promising Start 27 Sep 2013
By Tim - Published on Amazon.com
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The opening bassoon solo has the ability to set the expectation for the entire work. That may be unfair, just as first impressions are not always accurately descriptive of a person's entire character, but Daniel Matsukawa's introduction sings beautifully here and immediately reaffirms the necessary high standard you will come to expect.

"The Rite of Spring" was recorded on the Verizon Hall main stage, the home of the orchestra, sans audience, in a studio setting. The density and clarity of sound they achieved is amazing. This piece, almost more than any other in memory, relies on certain key individual player's skillsets to lift up their part and transcend material. Each singular musician, section, and collective, as well as the conductor, construct and combine the layers as artisans and artists. This first recording by Maestro Nezet-Seguin with his Philadelphians was coordinated with meticulous care and attention to detail, but does not sound robotic, safe or blasé. The pulse pounding percussion and strong syncopation laced throughout the score really pop on this disc.

This will no doubt be compared to Rattle's "Rite" released just a few short months ago, which I admired, but was ultimately not moved by. Stravinsky's work is celebrating its centennial this year so you are going to run into quite a few new releases and re-releases. I had long held Yoel Levi's recording of this work with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the highest regard. Fishing through a pond for a good version can be difficult. For this popular work, it's more like an ocean. When I heard that the Philadelphia Orchestra and their newly acquired music director signed to a promising contract with Deutsche Grammophon, my heart rejoiced. When I then heard that their first output would be "The Rite of Spring" my reaction was slight disappointment. I was a bit leery of flooding the market with yet another recounting of this mainstay. My worry could not have been more misplaced.

So spend some time with this one and a good pair of headphones. I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that the album contains three Bach transcriptions and one for Stravinsky's Pastorale, all by Stokowski. These, I assume, are not the main draw for you. They are, however, a welcome addition. They create a nice dichotomy and listening experience. If the corresponding flavor of these works seem jarring then I hope that doesn't put you off. The Passacaglia is amazing. I cannot recommend the exquisite sound and performances enough. Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra have provided a great musical harvest and I look forward to their next collaboration on this label.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An encouraging new Le Sacre from Nezet-Seguin, but the Stokowski transcriptions are a bit tame 24 Sep 2013
By Andrew R. Barnard - Published on Amazon.com
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It's very good to see the Philadelphia Orchestra back in the hands of a major label after years of being restricted to minor labels like Ondine. They have a star conductor in Yannick Nezet-Seguin, who has been rising to international prominence and brings a new DG record contract with him. There have been doubts about Nezet-Seguin's true talent though, so I viewed this disc as a test of his abilities.

Certainly this reading of Le Sacre should help to boost his reputation. There's a definite sense of inspiration from the podium and Philly fans will be overjoyed to hear the orchestra in such good form. There's no mistaking this orchestra for the Berlin Phil (which released a staggering Le Sacre with Rattle earlier this year) but they play with freedom and don't struggle getting around the notes. As for the interpretation itself, Nezet-Seguin doesn't attempt to make the score truly shocking, but that's the norm as we celebrate its centenary. In its own right, this is a thrilling reading that has true energy to guide us through a palette of gorgeous colors. Thankfully Nezet-Seguin doesn't linger over the notes or come across as at all studied. If anything, this reading could use a bit more cohesion. Nothing sounds savage yet there's a strong disjunct feel--the notes seem to fly out of nowhere. We don't experience the racing pyrotechnics of Salonen with the Philharmonia, but this reading certainly sounds more jagged than most. Some things jump out at the listener, especially the slow hammering at the end of the "Mystical Circles of the Young Girls" contrasted with the sudden surge of speed at the start of the "Glorification of the Chosen One". My only complaint is that we don't get the last thrust of inspiration from the podium. A flaw of this conductor is that he can be frenzied and driven while the backbone of his vision suffers from pretentiousness. That flaw isn't debilitating here, thankfully, but there's a small hint of self-consciousness that keeps this reading from being ranked with the greatest.

It was a nice idea to pay tribute to Stokowski by including some of his Bach transcriptions, but the interpretations aren't special. Nezet-Seguin decided to lean away from the dazzling showiness that distinguished Stokowski, but in so doing he drains much of the excitement and sounds rather plain faced. The chief joy in listening to this transcriptions as interpreted here is the sound of a full, modern orchestra without touches of HIP style. Nezet-Seguin doesn't show any affinity for religiosity so these readings don't resound with the necessary commitment. But again, the orchestra is in perfect form and readings of these transcriptions aren't common.

In all, this disc left me refreshed and hopeful for Nezet-Seguin's future, even if he still has room to grow.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The kids are OK 3 Oct 2013
By J. Johanning - Published on Amazon.com
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Living down the street from the orchestra's home, I naturally have a lot of home-town pride for this orchestra. As does its faithful audience. And its new conductor is being very well received.

This is by way of saying that I do not share the anxieties expressed by some other reviewers about Nezet-Seguin as a conductor. Perhaps the orchestra is carrying him along here and there, but that happens with many orchestras and conductors from time to time. This group is certainly one that any conductor would feel blessed to be supported by. However, I tend not to attribute the importance to the conductor's role that many others do. The musicians are the ones who are making the sound, after all, and music that is as familiar to them as the pieces on this disc are to the Philadelphians will sound fine every time.

Which leaves the personal preferences of the listener to be taken into consideration. These are purely subjective; I am always amused by reviewers who write as though they are handing down the truth from the mountain. To me, the readings on this disc are quite satisfying; I would recommend them to anyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Recent Version! 10 July 2014
By M Williams Grey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this piece of music. The Stravinsky-conducted version with the CBO was (and is) my go-to version. I have perhaps placed it on an unreachable pedestal, but I always welcome a challenge, and this is a confident challenger. There are parts in the second half performed in such a way tempi-wise that aren't exactly as I'm used to hearing them, but they did not throw me. Listening to this recording of The Rite was gratifying in a way that I rarely feel from newer recordings. It's refreshing to have a slightly new take, on a new recording, of an old work that has over-saturated the market, which isn't different just for the sake of being different. There are no seriously egregious distractions here.

This automatically goes on my short list of strongly recommended versions. The performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra is wonderful, the product of high-class musicianship from the players and the conducting by Nezet-Seguin (someone who I think is still finding his way).

Out of habit I typically don't mention the secondary work(s) included with the primary attraction on CD reviews, but I was actually surprised with the Bach (in a good way!). I'm not entirely convinced they couldn't have come up with something a bit more apropos, but still, a relatively inspired choice if I may say. Unexpected. The little 'Pastorale' by Stravinsky, creatively orchestrated by Stokowski, is a marvel. I had it on almost endless repeat!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It is not Ormandy, especially the Bach 29 Oct 2013
By Warren D Mennig - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought the Stravinsky was well done, with timpani out-doing it self. The Bach lacked the "doubling" effect used by Ormandy to create the Philadelphia Sound and thus the sound of an organ. The sound of the recording in Verizon Hall was very good. It was a fine start to, hopefully, many more fine recordings.

WDM
Paoli, PA
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