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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Wow!” a galvanized Igor Stravinsky reportedly exclaimed after listening to Leonard Bernstein’s astonishing recording with the New York Philharmonic of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), a performance that was captured more than a half- century ago in a single electrically-charged recording session. Fifty-five years later, this legendary album still sounds as galvanizing and revolutionary as Le Sacre du Printemps itself, a work that Bernstein characterized as “only one of your everyday volcanic masterpieces...a miraculous new creation of such originality and power that still today it shocks and overwhelms us.”
It was exactly a century ago that Le Sacre du Printemps shocked and overwhelmed its first audience, provoking
a now legendary riot at its Paris premiere whose notoriety and magnitude was unprecedented in the history of classical music. The opening night audience included, among the ladies, gentlemen and diplomats, such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.
This reissue of Bernstein’s 1958 recording of Le Sacre du Printemps is a brand new audio transfer from the original analogue reels and is available on 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl. It also includes the original cover art of the now-iconic image by Gray Foy that would turn out to be the quintessential visual equivalent to Stravinsky’s music. In addition, the package has photos of Bernstein and Stravinsky plus images from the New York Philharmonic recording sessions and an essay by Jonathan Cott, writer and editor for Rolling Stone magazine.
Works on This Recording
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 01/20/1958
Venue: St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York
Length: 34 Minutes 12 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Everything I had hoped for. July 18, 2013
By T. Franklin (La Grange, TX) See All My Reviews
"What a great recording and beautiful packaging. I wish ArkivMusic would carry more vinyl like this."
As Stravinsky said, "Wow." July 11, 2013
By Mary Lynn H. (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews
"This recording is special on so many levels. 1. It's an LP which means it sounds very good. I think this pressing may be better than the original Columbia version. 2. This is a definitive performance; it has all the musicality that you could want. 3. It's a beautifully done package. I can't recommend this more highly. I may buy it on CD too."