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    Default Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

    This is my favourite piece of work, no doubt, it never fails to bring me out in goose-bumps, and even tears!!. But which recording is supposed to be the best? I'm investing in a high-end hi-fi system so I want to hear this work at it's dynamic best (save for a live performance, which I've yet to experience). I might even go for an SACD system if this offers sonic benefits. Is Esa-Pekka Salonen's new SACD recording any good ?
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    Cool Salonen's Sacre

    Just got the new Salonen version of "Le Sacre du Printemps". And it's worth the money just to listen to this new piece. On top of it there's Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" and Bartok's "Miraculous Mandarin" (I think my favorite piece on this disk ).

    This is my third "Sacre" ( Ansermet and Mehta were my very first versions from way way back ). I do think that Salonen's is somewhat "younger" and "fresher" in some respect. He just add that touch of "edginess" to this already edgy piece. Get it and enjoy. You can't go wrong.

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    Thanks, I've listened to many recordings of this piece and I'm always left slightly disappointed with the dynamics. My favourite version is on an old Deutsche-Gramaphonen cassette tape, I can't remember the conductor, but that's the version I fell in love with because it was so dynamic! Sadly it's lost now, and I'm sure even if I had it the tape would be too old. I just want to recapture that excitement! I'll give the Salonen recording a whirl, and may even try to get a SACD player to give it the best chance

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    WHt do people think of these two interpretations? (Rattle's does it for me)

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    My favorite: Antal Dorati and Minneapolis - Dorati is my favorite conductor along with Haitink. I have Dorati's complete recording of the Haydn Syms with the Philharmonia Hungarica and they are priceless - I mention this because whatever he turned his attentions to became collectible recordings overnight - his Bartok is deeply felt and fierce and The Rite is molten and red-blooded. Still, just my opinion. No flames, please. I just don't have the energy


    Quote Originally Posted by bassClef View Post
    This is my favourite piece of work, no doubt, it never fails to bring me out in goose-bumps, and even tears!!. But which recording is supposed to be the best? I'm investing in a high-end hi-fi system so I want to hear this work at it's dynamic best (save for a live performance, which I've yet to experience). I might even go for an SACD system if this offers sonic benefits. Is Esa-Pekka Salonen's new SACD recording any good ?
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    In my previous reply I started to mention Rattle, and then thought only to give one preference. Both Rattle w Birmingham (I assume) and Boulez w Cleveland are very fine.


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    WHt do people think of these two interpretations? (Rattle's does it for me)

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    Must point out his still pretty active thread:
    Best recording of Le Sacre du Printemps?

    I believe that the best "analog" version of the Rite of Spring is that by Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra. That is, the best of the "1965 version". I also own Dutoi/MSO for the so-called "original" version (dated 1921, I believe). I have heard many good ones over the years, but (if that means anything) these are the ones in my collection. Honourable mention to Tilson-Thomas/BSO (DG) and Muti/Philadelphia (EMI), both recordings of the 1965 version.

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    Redundant threads, thy name is Talk Classical.

    By the way, can anyone recommend some dark, epic, depressing music?
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    Redundant threads, thy name is Talk Classical.

    By the way, can anyone recommend some dark, epic, depressing music?


    have you looked into Sibelius?














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    Redundant thread this may be, but I started it over 2 years before the better alternative, so don't blame me! Blame the person who resurrected it after being forgotten for 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    Redundant threads, thy name is Talk Classical.

    By the way, can anyone recommend some dark, epic, depressing music?
    Mahler's 6th and 9th. Schnittke's 5th Symphony, Shostakovich's 4th, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th.

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    On my blog this week, a version of the Rite of Spring for Wind Band:
    http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/i...rica-band.html

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    II hope that Andris Nelsons will record Rite of Spring with the CBSO. It's a great orchestra - and I think he is the right man to do it with them.

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    This is the only recording I have of it.


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    Funny how even classical covers often mirror their times (1974) - lots of psychedelic traits (Sergent Pepper, Monty Python etc.), added a hint of Henri Rousseau´s naivism - and perhaps Mount Rushmore ...

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