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Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Petrushka / Fruhbeck De Burgos, London Symphony

Stravinsky / London Sym Orch / De Burgos
Release Date: 03/08/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1131   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Spectacularly recorded ... the full cream Decca-like treatment: voluptuous, elemental … an orchestra caught in headlong flight.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (b. 1933) is here spectacularly recorded by the Collins engineering team all of 22 years ago. The results approximate to the full cream Decca treatment. The focus is on the voluptuous and the elemental rather than the objective; more Beecham than Boulez; more Golovanov than Haitink. The orchestra is caught in headlong flight in both works. The Rite’s every wail, shriek, rupture, howl and cozening seduction is more than faithfully caught. This conductor has been slighted in some quarters but the present reading and recording force reassessment; so must his exultant
Read more de Falla El Sombrero de Tres Picos on EMI Classics. Having just heard the Nimbus version of both works played by the same orchestra with Rozhdestvensky I did a hasty comparison with The Dance of the Earth. Rozhdestvensky is positively low key and at times flaccid beside the rapid-fire vituperative cannonades and enchantments of de Burgos. The grit, spit and fire and some of the tension and tenderness count in favour of Alto. Turning to Petrushka de Burgos again has edge with, for example, a more buoyant Shrovetide Fair and a snappy Danse Russe. Nimbus produce a natural very open sound and it is possibly less contrived than the Collins but I have no doubt which I prefer – it’s this Collins-Alto revival. On the other hand the Nimbus Symphony in Three Movements is to be prized. James Murray provides another in-depth programme note to inform and also to give links to other sources including Stephen Walsh’s book ‘A Creative Spring’ (Jonathan Cape, 2000) and the 2006 BBC programme about the scandalous and sensational first night of The Rite. Take into the reckoning that Alto discs are super-bargain price, that the Alto is generously filled and there is no contest. This is a recording project in which de Burgos was able to bring zinging excitement to works which the orchestra would have known to the point of threadbare routine. The results are a glowing object lesson to his recreative energy.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Pétrouchka: Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1947; Switzerland 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Is this a Second? June 23, 2017 By Louisa K. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I was looking forward to listening to this CD but there is a huge mistake on the disc. Track 15, The Shrove-Tide Fair 7.21, is recorded twice in The Rite of Spring. I don't like paying full price for disc that is an errors. If you want to sell seconds, then you should state so on your sales sheets. Actually, I'd like a credit for this purchase or a return label and container to send it back to you. It is not pleasurable to listen to something that is recorded improperly." Report Abuse
  Stravinsky Spectaculars March 24, 2015 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Fruhbeck's interpretation of the Rite of Spring may not have the raw power of Dorati's Mercury recording nor the mysticism of Bernstein's 1959 NYPO recording on Columbia but he strikes a nice balance between these two dissimilar performances. I am particularly impressed wirh Fruhbeck's rendering of Petrushka. The orchestra paints a vivid and convincing sound picture of each of the tableaus: it's like a movie running thru your mind. The pairing of these two works on one disc works very well. The audio quality is absolutely outstanding thanks to John Timperley the engineer. Even with the orchestra going all out you can still hear the delicate tinkle of the triangle; nor are the flutes lost in the mass sound field. The brass and percussion jumps out and smacks you. What great fun on a good sound system! Unfortunately Fruhbeck passed away at age 80 on June 11, 2014. I strongly recommend this disc." Report Abuse
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