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    Default Looking to buy a 'Rite of Spring'...but which one?

    This is the first time I've asked for help in choosing a recording.
    I look at my CD shelves and see that I have just one recording of Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'; an odd one that probably no one else has (Plovdiv Philharmonic / Petkov on Laserlight Classics).
    So I'm looking to buy another but I want recommendations. The criteria that must be met are quite easy: it must be a clear (not 'muddy') stereo recording and I must be able to hear the percussion - a big thudding bass drum, ridiculously tinny high timpani, and a big splashy tam-tam. Obviously I have no problem in looking at cheap esoteric recordings, but I'm open to just about anything, big names or otherwise.
    There may come a time when Youtube won't let us do this...

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    Stravinsky's own is pretty terrific if you can accept a somewhat dated recording.

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    I'm partial to the savagery of Multi/Philadelphia (EMI) and Ancerl/Czech Philharmonic (Supraphon).

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    You're probably going to want more than two.

    Again, if you can handle a somewhat dated--but clear--recording, the Bernstein/NYPO on Sony gets high marks for sheer savagery and you can get it packaged with Bernstein's Petrouchka.

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    My pops bought me this about twenty years ago and it's still my favourite performance.

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    Zubin Mehta and the NY Philarmonic.

    Teodor Currentzis have just released a new recording which I read a good review of - said it was very savage or something.

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    The best recording + one of the best interpretations
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    Spotify has a lot of Rites available, sample them and decide which appeals to you.

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    Be sure to listen to Dorati's second recording of this. Hey, listen to the first, too.

    They're quite different. You should probably listen to both.

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    Look for Bernstein's 1958 recording. My understanding is that it is this recording is THE definitive performance. (Take that with a grain of salt.) You can "preview" it on youtube.

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    Gergiev
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome View Post
    Gergiev
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    Very good indeed, but Dutoit's Decca recording is unsurpassed in quality.
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    You might consider the Sony 10 CD box set Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps 100th Anniv can be had for under $10 @ amazon market place.

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    Disc 1
    Philadelphia Orchestra
    Leopold Stokowski
    (Recorded 1929/1930)
    Disc 2
    New York Philharmonic
    Igor Stravinsky (Recorded 1940)
    Disc 3
    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Pierre Monteux (Recorded 1951)
    Disc 4
    Philadelphia Orchestra
    Eugene Ormandy (Recorded 1955)
    Disc 5
    Columbia Symphony Orchestra
    Igor Stravinsky (Recorded 1960)
    Disc 6
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Seiji Ozawa (Recorded 1968)
    Disc 7
    Cleveland Orchestra
    Pierre Boulez (Recorded 1969)
    Disc 8
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Leonard Bernstein (Recorded 1972)
    Disc 9
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Esa-Pekka Salonen (Recorded 1989)
    Disc 10
    San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
    Michael Tilson-Thomas (Recorded 1996)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuietGuy View Post
    Look for Bernstein's 1958 recording. My understanding is that it is this recording is THE definitive performance. (Take that with a grain of salt.) You can "preview" it on youtube.
    As years go by I am increasingly of the opinion that 'definitive' does not exist, nor ever will.
    Last edited by Becca; Nov-24-2015 at 01:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    As years go by I am increasingly of the opinion that 'definitive' does not exist, nor ever will.
    I agree. I'm a big believer that in music, much is relative, not absolute.

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    Karel Ancerl and the Czech PO

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