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Surprising power and spontaneity,
This review is from: Stravinsky / Debussy / Boulez - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Audio CD)
Barenboim has pulled off quite a coup with this recent recording of the Rite. There are, after all, many versions of this piece available. So what makes this version so good? Well, both conductor and orchestra emerge on top form. Barenboim keeps to the essence of the piece: spontaneity. His is a restless, seething interpretation. The power of the Chicago SO is pleasantly surprising. Indeed, this is a Rite which sends even the seasoned listened to the edge of his seat. The couplings, La Mer and Notations are equally evocative and all the pieces here complement each other very well. Barenboim and the CSO have much to be pleased about. As one has come to expect from Teldec, the sound quality is commendable.
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Initial post: 22 May 2013, 16:43:22 BST
This review is for a completely different recording.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2014, 21:05:22 BST
Last edited by the author on 13 Oct 2014, 21:07:21 BST
Amazon are accidentally linking two different CDs - both of the Rite but with two very different conductors (Boulez and Barenboim) - to one set of reviews. Both records are good, by the way, but they are (predictably) very different.
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