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Q: Recordings of the "Rite of Spring" ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Recordings of the "Rite of Spring"
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: stancranley-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 28 Oct 2006 03:45 PDT
Expires: 27 Nov 2006 02:45 PST
Question ID: 777699
Please name the two best available recordings of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"

Clarification of Question by stancranley-ga on 28 Oct 2006 05:41 PDT
I should clarify my question (in response to the comment below). I am
not that concerned with acoustics and sound.

I am interested in the artistic/musical quality of the performance, as
judged by critics or other knowledgeable listeners.

Hopefully, a recording praised for capturing an epsecially stirring
performance would also have a nice sound.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Recordings of the "Rite of Spring"
From: myoarin-ga on 28 Oct 2006 05:18 PDT
What is "best"?  Acoustic recording, artistic interpretation?
Subject: Re: Recordings of the "Rite of Spring"
From: deliciousmanager-ga on 14 Nov 2006 08:50 PST
Several versions are recommendable:

1. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Yoel Levi (TELARC CD 80266) coupled with
Pulcinella. Suitably savage and authentic account with stunning sound.
2. Philharmonia Orchestra/Igor Markevitch (Testament SBT 1076). 2
versions of the Rite from 1950s. Superb readings and surprisingly good
3. Kirov Orchestra/Valery Gergiev (Philips 468 035-2). Just issued
earlier this year and lives up to its promise. Authentic Russian sound
and visceral interpretation.
4. London Symphony Orchestra/Robert Craft (Naxos 8.557501). Scholarly
and exciting reading from a conductor who knew Stravinsky inside out.

Hope this helps a little.
Subject: Re: Recordings of the "Rite of Spring"
From: stancranley-ga on 20 Nov 2006 06:01 PST
thank you, deliciousmanager.  I will check these out!
Subject: Re: Recordings of the "Rite of Spring"
From: davsmith4156-ga on 22 Nov 2006 20:24 PST
Try the version by Pierre Monteux w/ Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. He
conducted the premiere on that fateful night in 1913

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