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Master of Masterworks,
This review is from: Works Of Igor Stravinsky (Audio CD)
Works of Igor Stravinsky [22cd]
As bargains go, there aren't any better. The performances contained within this boxset marvel are those conducted by Stravinsky himself. When originally released by CBS (now Sony Classical) as four disc box-sets, the Penguin guide rated as Rosette winners, meaning they contain the indispensable recorded versions. Grammaphone magazine agreed.These performances are as definitive as it gets. While there are many marvellous interpretors of his works (Rattle, Dutoit, Karajan are personal faves of mine)what you have hear is the visionary actually presenting his vision. How rare is that? We have only sketchy reports of Mozart and Beethoven performing their own works, always subject to the opinions of the often conservative and unappreciative Viennese. Not so with Stravinsky. It's all here, from the challenge of The Rite Of Spring to the charm of the Neo-Classicism of Petrushka and Pulcinella, and the religious music. At only £18 I first thought it couldn't be the originals, but they are. The Sony/CBS engineers performed amazing work in bringing us these recordings in such wonderful souns, so good it's like they were made last week.
Buy one for yourself and then for your friends, because at this price it should be gone really fast. Just remember to check out how much these works would cost you separately. Do it now!