Starvinky's Le Sacre is an oft-recorded work, but which of the myriad recordings is "the best," if there is such a thing?
What are your favorites?
For me, it's a tos up between Geriev/Kirov and Tlson-Thomas/San Francisco.
No, I have not heard every recording extant, but the two records I've already mentioned seem to sit well with me. They have savagenes, yet clarity, which is important for this work.
Smoothed out recordings of the Le Sacre (Boulez/Cleaveland come to mind) just doesn't work.How can you depict human sacrifice with classical gloss and sensibility?
Also, I feel many recordings are "dishonest" by muting/restraining the bass drum. Come on, have you ever heard this piece live? The bass drum should be shattering and rise above the orchestra, not get buried behind the strings. I do not know why some recordings (Janssons/Oslo, for example) do this.