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Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic

Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 546915   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is the missing link, the major recording that Sony/BMG omitted from its 10-CD Rite of Spring box. This isn’t the best played performance in terms of technical perfection, but it has an excitement, spontaneity, and primal fury that no other version quite matches. It fully deserves its legendary status. Perhaps its most remarkable moment occurs during the Sacrificial Dance. Bernstein begins swiftly, then holds back in the central section, layering on the sonority and building tension before sprinting forward thrillingly in the final pages (sound clip). It’s a unique conception that he never repeated (at least not to the same degree), a true spur-of-the-moment inspiration.

Read more remastering has been excellently done. Notwithstanding the age of the recording (55 years!), this has to be one of the most detailed and realistically engineered performances available. While there are a couple instances of perilous ensemble, the playing as such is magnificent, and the orchestra’s principal trumpet, horn, and woodwinds, renowned players all, contribute countless memorable moments, vividly captured with tactile presence. No wonder Stravinsky heard this performance and reportedly was left speechless, save for an admiring “Wow!”

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 01/20/1958 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 34 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Première partie - L'Adoration de la terre (Part One - Adoration of the Earth): Introduction. Lento (1913 Version)
Les augures printaniers (Danses des adolescentes) [The Augurs of Spring (Dance of the Young Girls)] (1913 Version)
Jeu du rapt (Mock Abduction) (1913 Version)
Rondes printanières (Spring Round Dances) (1913 Version)
Jeux des cités rivales (Games of the Rival Tribes) (1913 Version)
Cortège du Sage (Procession of the Wise Elder) (1913 Version)
Adoration de la terre (Le Sage) [Adoration of the Earth (The Wise Elder)] (1913 Version)
Danse de la terre (Dance of the Earth) (1913 Version)
Seconde partie - Le Sacrifice (Part Two - The Sacrifice): Introduction. Largo (1913 Version)
Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes (Mystical Circles of the Young Girls) (1913 Version)
Glorification de l'Élue (Glorification of the Chosen Victim) (1913 Version)
Évocation des ancêtres (Summoning of the Ancestors) (1913 Version)
Action rituelle des ancêtres (Ritual of the Ancestors) (1913 Version)
Danse sacrale (L'Élue) [Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)] (1913 Version)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rereleased at Last September 10, 2013 By Henry Ziegler (Lakeland, FL) See All My Reviews "Bernstein championed Mahler and other modern composers. But he excelled in other musical territory, too. This recording of Le Sacre du Printemps is such a recording. The finest recording of this monumental work is from Stravinsky himself on CBS/Sony. That recording is a mandatory purchase for serious aficionados of Stravinsky. But this recording by Bernstein is just as mandatory. Stravinsky greeted this recording with "Wow!", a great tribute indeed. The documentation in this paper-sleeved reissue is pretty good, too, including a list of the Philharmonic members at the time of the recording. Bernstein manages the complexity of this score brilliantly. Bernstein may be heavily associated with Mahler, but he also deserves to be most favorably associated with Stravinsky.He was born to conduct this great, revolutionary work." Report Abuse
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