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Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps; Bartók, Etc / Salonen


Release Date: 10/10/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000718236   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyModest MussorgskyBéla Bartók
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Wow, this is some disc! There are so few new major-label productions featuring today's "big" artists--and let's face it, so many of those turn out to be uninteresting--that it comes almost as a shock to note that there really can be a difference when everyone involved lives up to their reputations. Without a doubt, Esa-Pekka Salonen is a great conductor, particularly in contemporary music such as this. He recorded The Rite of Spring previously with the Philharmonia for Sony, and that was a very exciting performance, but this one has just that much more bite and savagery in the Sacrificial Dance, or at the conclusion of Part One. Indeed, the playing of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is pretty
Read more amazing throughout, with well-nigh unbelievable clarity in the polyrhythmic complexities of the Entry of the Sage, but also in the gentler washes of color that open Part Two.


The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, that other "primitivist" masterpiece, makes an ideal coupling, and the performance is no less splendid. The solo clarinet is appropriately seductive, the entrance of the Mandarin is chilling, and the "chase" fugue speeds along at an impressive clip, rising to an absolutely shattering climax. Including the original version of Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain also was an inspired idea. This bit of musical barbarism is very much the 19th-century forbear of its two 20th-century cousins, and Salonen makes no effort to smooth over its rough edges. It's also fitting for this recording, made in the excellent acoustics of the new Disney Hall, to include a work that featured so prominently in the film Fantasia (albeit in Stokowski's orchestration). Speaking of which, the sound really is superb in all formats, with rock-solid bass and a vividly coherent ensemble perspective that's all the more remarkable considering the level of detail captured. Let's hear it for the A-Team.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 01/2006 
Venue:  Live  Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, C 
Length: 33 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1943
Composition written: Switzerland (1911 - 1913).
Composition revised: USA (1943). 
2.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/2006 
Venue:  Live  Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, C 
Length: 12 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73: Suite by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1927; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2006 
Venue:  Live  Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, C 
Length: 18 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Budapest, Hungary (1919 - 1927). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Another Printemps February 20, 2014 By Bevan Davies (Kennebunk, ME) See All My Reviews "This recording makes Stravinsky's masterpiece livelier and richer than ever before. There are details and subtleties which are not evident in other recordings. Bernstein's recording is one of my favorites, but this performance by Salonen is equally as interesting and powerful. Worth having." Report Abuse
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