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Stravinskyphiles cannot miss this!
on 9 March 2009
This is fantastic value! So many hard-to-get-pieces packed together. The performances are excellent and with sensitive interpretation by the great man himself. For example, there are so many versions and interpretations of the ballet Petroushka, this is the original with many unknown tweaks that give it more charm; close your eyes and you can almost see the original Benois production!
The same applies to Les Noces, particularly and Apollo.
For Rite of Spring you can clearly hear the 'flutter-tongue' of the lower woodwinds, often missed on later recordings.
The Short Pieces too, especially Scherzo a la Russe, are much less thumping or over-dramatised.
The set also enlists a star-studded cast of players, on the ascendant, and soon to become celebrated by their own music playing.
Too hear his interpretation of his own music, this is unmissable.Works of Igor Stravinsky [Box Set]