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on 24 November 2014
As with most reviewers, I bought this for the Rite, and wow was it the Rite choice (sorry).
What a combination - Lenny and the LSO - both at the height of their powers and with inspiration, flair, precision and white heat in abundance, allied with an excellently clear recorded sound - definitely my new "Building a Library" choice!
The urbane NYPO in the opening of the Firebird which comes afterwards is a very disconcerting experience!! But a good performance too.
Are you still reading? Just buy this CD!!
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on 19 November 2015
Bernstein is certainly the right guy to bring out the full power and drama of this piece of music. And he does - brilliantly. My old MP3 player died after becoming clogged with desert sand, and it's taken a few years to get around to replacing it. So I hadn't listened to the Rite of Spring for some time. My original copy was by Simon Rattle, I think. It was very good; but not as good as this breathtaking performance. I've rarely enjoyed listening to anything more.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 February 2014
This remains my top choice, just pipping the impressive Muti Phildelphia reading of The Rite of Spring, for the energy and vision Bernstein brings to this reading with the LSO feels not so much to me that he is whipping up excitement but that he is unleashing elemental forces in the score. "Wow!" Or so the story runs was Stravinsky's description of Bernstein conducting this work with the New York Phil and is equally my reaction to this performance which retains it's impact on disc since being recorded in the mid 70s originally with quadraphonic sound reproduction in mind.

The valuable Prokofiev addition and Bernstein's much earlier New York Firebird Suite are both exciting performances in their own rights, but this reading of Rite is special.
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on 5 September 2016
Very good but not really excellent in my view. Still, I don't hesitate to recommend this recording.
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on 22 July 2001
This is one piece of music is revolutionary. Instead of harmony or "tune" as it's content it uses rhythm. Primeval and dark it shows the picture of the tradition rite of spring Stravinsky was trying to show. This is ballet at it's best and at it's most raw. I cannot recommend this music enough. This forms a sort of bridge between the romantic era and the modern movement. Mix this music with works such as Picasso or even impressionists as Renoir washed down with buckets of absinthe and you will see what a revolution in sound and vision (plus resolve!) was going on. What are you doing you are reading on you should be buying this stop reading the review goes pretty boring from now on trust me! And for those not familiar with the ballet this was the music from the dinosaur bit in fantasia!
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on 31 May 2011
There was a riot at the first performance of the Rite of Spring, which is hard to believe nowadays. It is still a strong, disturbing piece of music.
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on 22 March 2013
This was bought as a present for my son-in-law, he was well pleased with it so I reckon it must be O.K
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