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This interpretation is a masterpiece,
This review is from: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Apollon Musagète; Symphonies of Wind Instruments (Audio CD)
This recording is superlative and controlling. Stravinsky's mammoth work is not easy to recreate and to be honest there have been half measures down the years. Not so with this recording.
Yes, Rattle has shaped the Berlin Phil and you can definitively tell, but take nothing away from adventure - Rattle has got the best from the Berlin players in all the wings of the Orchestra whereas it can be said others like Karajan maintained the softly softly approach in the hope of longeity. Rattle's legacy here is that he has assessed the Stravinsky script and taken it by the scruff of the neck. The result is that the piece builds and reaches the goal set by the composer himself.
What we have here is a modern take and not a tired, dated sound - whereas others go for a timelocked interpretation, I believe Rattle's is the closest to Stravinsky's own intention. Stravinsky wrote the score to challenge and not to go-easy.
The other thing about this new Berlin performance, is there appears to a set of players who are simply in harmony with conductor and expectations. Rattle had this with the City of Birmingham but in truth, the CBSO recording was standardised. Rattle has both time to breath and total attentiveness from the Berlin - the rewards are so much greater.
A word about the quality of recording - this is an outstanding CD production. Shame about the download problem though.
This recording is right up there with Rattle/Berlin's Mahler 5 from 2002.