As the 100th anniversary of its historically premiere, what’s the best performance of Stravinsky ‘Rite of Spring’ on disc?

Posted on 16 May 2013 by admin

The deputy editor of BBC Music Magazine, Jeremy Pound gave his favourite:

I’ll go for the composer’s own recording with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra from 1960, the first that I ever got to know, and a performance whose raw, elemental power still lifts it, for me at least, above the likes of Eugene Ormandy, Valery Gergiev, Iván Fischer and, most recently, Sir Simon Rattle. (Not, I should add, that I’d want to be without any of those either.) (Whatever the limitations of Stravinsky’s baton technique, no one else on disc conjures the same bustling excitement—Amazon Editorial Reviews )

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