...the unanimity and clarity of ensemble are worthy of Reiner himself, as is the theatrical presentation of character, though that character is often very different. Levine's treatment of the troubadour's song in ''The Old Castle'' is richly operatic, with a pronounced slide for the rising fifth when the divided first violins take over the song (from 1'04''). And slow phrases are always shaped with generosity: the first phrase in ''Cum Mortuis'' from oboes and cor anglais, a ghostly fragment of the ''Promenade'' theme, is both atmospheric and expressive. Then there is the bold colouring, not least in ''Baba Yaga's'' descent to Neidhohle (well, almost) with the fruitiest tuba and contrabassoon (track 14 from 2'01''). And, in the same pictureRead more (and throughout The Rite), another Levine hallmark: the formidable power of timpani and bass drum; projected by DG with the kind of presence that is the answer to every percussion fan's dream.
Le sacre du printempsby Igor Stravinsky Conductor:
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1911-1913 Date of Recording: 05/1992 Venue: Manhattan Center, New York City Length: 33 Minutes 38 Secs. Notes: Ver: 1947 Composition written: Switzerland (1911 - 1913). Composition revised: USA (1943).
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