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Stravinsky: Le Roi des Etoiles; Les Sacre de printemps / Thomas, Boston Symphony

Stravinsky / Men's Chorus Of The New England
Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186225   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony OrchestraNew England Conservatory Chorus Men
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 40 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

DSD remastered SACD from quadraphonic recording tapes.

Michael Tilson Thomas's recordings were made in l972 in Boston's Symphony Hall. His Rite was highly praised when originally issued and remains one of the great performances of this masterpiece. The recording always was praised for its sonic quality but now, in this first release of the multi-channel original, we can enjoy it in stunning audio. The engineers did a spectacular job of capturing the sound of a huge orchestra performing in an acoustically-perfect hall. The orchestra is spread out in front of you, instrument placement is precise, and rear speakers are utilized most effectively to create the sound of a live performance......This is one of the finest SACDs I've
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Works on This Recording

Le roi des étoiles by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus Men
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; Russia 
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 poor sound almost ruins a great performance December 19, 2015 By William S. (Renton, WA) See All My Reviews ""The Rite of Spring" easily lends itself to a creepy/weird interpretation, and MTT milks creepy/weird for all it's worth. The result is a less-Romantic (but still thrilling) interpretation in the Stokowski mold. It's unquestionably one of the great recorded performances. Except... || The sound is a disaster. The orchestra (and chorus in "Roi") are spread around the listener -- at an apparent distance of 20' (6m) from the mics! The result is that the sound is submerged in grossly excessive ambience. The sound is also "toppish", requiring both the M/T and Rake controls on my electronic crossovers to be turned down. The stereo SACD program isn't quite so bad, but it's still unacceptable. || How anyone can consider this a great recording, I don't know. The sound -- as described by the "Classical CD" reviewer -- is absolutely /not/ what is on this disk. It is quite the opposite of his description." Report Abuse
 A Classic Reclaimed November 10, 2015 By Christopher Abbot See All My Reviews "Michael Tilson Thomas knew and worked with Igor Stravinsky, took part in recording sessions of his work as a student, and was one of the two pianists in the recording of the world premiere of The Rite of Spring in the composer's version for piano, four hands. It's safe to say that MTT knows this piece, and to date he has made three commercial recordings of the orchestral score, of which this is the first. Recorded in a very reverberant Symphony Hall, the new surround mix is immediate, vivid and exciting, with the enormous percussion section especially effective; yet, the quieter moments lose none of their mystery. Tilson Thomas captures all of the audacity of this piece, and the superb BSO musicians are with him at every step. But perhaps the real find here is the opener, King of the Stars (Zvezdolliki); it's a short, mystical choral piece that is seldom heard, much less recorded. Okay, Pentatone, how about the Ives Theee Places with the Ruggles Sun-Treader: now, that should be a sound spectacular!" Report Abuse
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