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5.0 out of 5 stars earthy, violent, liberating, ecstatic, 23 July 2011
Hambletta-Maud "hamble" (somewhere in west europe) - See all my reviews
This is perhaps the finest version of "The Rite of Spring" out there. Boulez conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in a 1969 recording that hits all the right buttons. A virtuosic performance from all artists, with tempi neither too frantic nor too leisured. The woodwinds and other instruments play beautifully in the "Introduction". The horns growl menacingly with their stabbing chords in "The augurs of spring". "Mock abduction" positively scintillates. The glissandi trombones in "Spring round dance" (at 2:36 and 2:59) are perfectly executed. From 1:36 of "Games of the rival tribes" the mixing balance of the instruments is perfect. Other versions overpush the percussion instruments (particularly in "Procession of the sage", and especially from 0:20) and this often can sound jarring and clanky. This doesn't happen on this recording, to its benefit. Here the instruments are finely balanced, none leaping out to assault our ears unnecessarily. Then listen to "Dance of the earth". Some versions race towards the end so frenetically that the whole thing is over in a hairsbreadth. Mike levels and positioning are perfectly done in "Mystical circles of the young girls". Listen to the individual strings from the onset of this track. "Glorification of the chosen victim" is compelling and arousing. "Summoning of the ancestors" is brutal and threatening. The "Sacrificial dance" is tight and urgent. But never mind what I say. Listen to it for yourself.
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