Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps
Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve
Manufacturer: Speakers Corner
Original label: Mercury
Release Date: 2008-04-14
Status: in stock
Igor Stravinsky: "Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite Of Spring)" - The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati
While he was finishing the score of "The Firebird", the idea came to Stravinsky for a pagan, ritual scenario. The background history of "Le Sacre du printemps" is well known: while the modernists praised the work, the conservative public thought they were being hoaxed. The reason for their irritation and the scandalous fiasco of the premiere is still audible to this day. Stravinsky carries the aggressive, hammering rhythms to the extreme, casting them in atonal harmonies which feed on the alternation between a »red-hot and a mild mixture«, as Stravinsky put it.
Dorati urges on his ensemble with robust tempi, and the orchestra is quick to respond to all the refinements of the tightly knit movement. It appears to cope effortlessly with the extremes of contrast and manages to amalgamate the rhythmic excesses with the tenderness of the numerous tiny motifs and figures which seem to sprout like flowers out of hard rock. The excellent recording technique captures both the extreme loudness and the finely pulsating tones, resulting in a sound in which no detail goes unheard. The listener can be sure that this Stravinsky deserves the rating 'excellent' – both for the interpretation and for the sound.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Recording: November 1959 at the NorthropMemorial Auditorium, Minnesota, USA, by C.R. Fine
Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence