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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this edition..., 6 Jan. 2010
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rjmcr (manchester, uk) - See all my reviews
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...not because it's sub-standard but because these dazzling recordings are now available on a much better 2-disc set, coupled with equally strong accounts of The Rite of Spring and Apollo...Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps/ Petrushka / L'Oiseau de feu / Apollo You'll lose the Symphony in Three Movements (buy Rattle's BPO recording with the Symphony 'in C' and 'of Psalms' instead) and a couple of minor pieces (although the Scherzo a la Russe is quite fun), but it's much better value.

On the other hand, if (like me) these works would fill a gap in your library then you should snap this set up without hesitation. I doubt there is a better sounding complete Firebird on record. The thrilling impact of the Infernal Dance and the Finale, for example, reminds me just what a great sound the Birmingham orchestra could make under Rattle. The pianissimo passages are just as special; try the hushed strings before the Finale. I doubt he could improve on this showing, even with Berlin forces, and EMI always seem to sound better in Birmingham or London than they do in Berlin's Philharmonie, for some reason. Petrushka is an extraordinary display of Rattle's legendary ear for immaculate detail and dynamics. At this point in his career (1986/7) it hadn't yet become a borderline-obsession to the occasional detriment of the music. The piano part is taken by none other than Peter Donohoe.

All the works pre-date Symphony Hall and were recorded in warm, clear sound at the University of Warwick Arts Centre.

I've always found Rattle's Stravinsky extremely rewarding and thoroughly recommendable, but hunt around and mix and match the best combinations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stravinsky's early ballets, 13 May 2010
A worthwhile addition to my collection. I cannot fault the recording or the performance in any way (and of course, we are talking the CBSO under Simon Rattle here). If I may voice an opinion regarding the actual music, is it fair to say that Stravinsky's early works owe spmething to Rimsky-Korsakoff?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Nov. 2014
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