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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    When Stravinsky conducted his "big works" for Columbia, there were rumors that many or most were really conducted by his sidekick, Robert Craft. This was supposedly due to Stravinsky's increasing infirmity, not for any musical reasons.

    Don't know if there's any truth in this.
    Whatever Craft conducted for Stravinsky in stereo, Craft did NOT play any role in conducting Stravinsky's 1940 Rite of Spring with the NY Philharmonic because Craft didn't meet Stravinsky until 1948. You can hear the 1940 recording here, starting at 26:20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J79qvnHsmjI

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    My favourite Rite of Spring is Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1955. The second favourite is Boulez and Cleveland Orchestra from 1969.

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