Stravinsky Ballets: The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring [download]
Release date: 25 March 2022
LSO5096-D | 0822231509660
Digital booklet in English, French & German
2.0 LPCM 24Bit 96kHZ
2.0 LPCM 24Bit 192kHZ
up to 2.0 & 5.1 DSD 256FS
Producers: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
Executive Producer: David Millinger
Engineers: Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd
Recorded live in 24bit 96kHz PCM on 21 & 24 September 2017 in the Barbican Hall, London
'Rattle’s interpretations of The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring have a freshness that almost makes one believe one has never heard them before: they convey the full excitement of the composer’s experiments with sound and rhythm, and their deep originality remains astounding.'
–The Daily Telegraph
'[The London Symphony Orchestra’s] new release of the Stravinsky Ballets—The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite—is everything you could possibly want from modern orchestra performances of these still-crowd-crazing pieces.'
–Bay Area Reporter
'The orchestra responds to the challenge with a spectacular display of sustained firepower, rhythmic control and individual artistry. And there’s much evidence, too, of Rattle’s superlative ear for detail, bringing out exactly what the composer has written down.'
Performance ★★★★ Recording ★★★★
–BBC Music Magazine
Sir Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra
And it’s not hard to see why. Is there any moment in music more demonic than the opening to The Firebird, a terrifying rumble of strings that would make Jaws tremble? There are few pieces more unsettling than The Rite of Spring with its carnal, tribal rhythms; or Petrushka with its impish Punch and Judy puppets.
A notable voice of authority on the works of Stravinsky, Sir Simon Rattle masterfully brings these three creations to life in this dramatic performance, recorded live in the Barbican Hall as part of his inaugural season as LSO’s Music Director.
|Sir Simon Rattle
|London Symphony Orchestra