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  Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite - Fischer
  Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite, Scherzo, Tango

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Castor February 5, 2012
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Review by fausto K March 16, 2012 (16 of 21 found this review helpful)
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I haven't really listened carefully enough to the Firebird yet, so will confine myself to the Sacre. Despite generally very positive reviews and my own high expectations, I find Fischer's recording of the Sacre underwhelming; quite a problem considering the nature of this work. Although certainly not a bad disc, Fischer's interpretation lacks the mandatory ferociousness and clarity of for example Boulez's first recording of the Rite with the Cleveland SO (1969) Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Boulez, let alone the sheer power of Antal Dorati's 1982 recording with the Detroit SO. The Sacre must give you the impression that the forces of nature are unleashed and I venture to say that Fischer's way with the more intense parts of the score pales by comparison with the aforementioned interpretations and also compared to more recent recordings by Salonen (Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - Esa-Pekka Salonen) and Jansons (Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de Feu, Le Sacre du Printemps - Jansons), both on SACD (both PCM). I have got the Dorati on vinyl, albeit a digital recording, but given that it is Decca recorded under producer James Mallinson, it completely lives up to what you expect from a dynamic recording of the Rite that captures the savagery as well as instrumental details. At the time, it received the Grand Prix du Disque. Although of course not from an analogue source, it would be great to have this on SACD. The Boulez is DSD remastered, although I listened to a recent Japanese RBCD reissue of the DSD master, but still I prefer it to Fischer's DSD: much more clarity, more dynamics, more 'in-your-face' -- but maybe this has got to do with interpretation as much as engineering. Notwithstanding some refined features, Fischer's reading misses the modernism that is central to the Sacre as an Orchesterstück, precisely what marks out Dorati's, Boulez's, Salonen's and Jansonss' recordings, unsurprisingly all of them modernists of sorts. Fischer seems to treat it as if it concerned a 19th century chamber symphony and as a result he doesn't emphasize the savagery of the soundworld of the Sacre enough. Fischer says in the accompanying booklet that the Sacre 'still sounds fresh, pagan, scary, new and beautiful'. Well, if I want 'pagan' and 'scary' Stravinsky, it is not his recording that comes to mind. Although I shall give it some more tries, I'm afraid I won't play it often, when I want to hear the Sacre.
Note: I listened to the disc in stereo, so perhaps that makes a difference. My system is not set-up for multi-channel.

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Review by aaron September 22, 2012 (8 of 12 found this review helpful)
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First I have to say I totally agree with (Castor)Graham Williams' review.
This a Rite like I have never heard before, never! Like the Devil him(her?)self had something to do with it. Scary is the word. Hair-raising experience, really. What energy, what pagan-dance. Stamping rhythms, crying oboes,flutes.
This Stravinsky figure surely was some sort of genius and Fischer made a modern, dynamic and furious version.
Than the recording. I have to say that I had to get used to Channels newest recordings.
Let me explain;
Normally I listen to a recording and think; this is a good recording. And if I go to a concert I always think that it sound so different than that good recording at home.
Totally different experience at home, so much detail,clarity,depth&direction. I can't wait to hear this in MC. But I think you must have a really good audio-set to fully appreciate this Superb Recording.
One of my best(top5) sacd's and have more than 800 sacd's!

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Works: 4  

Igor Stravinsky - L'oiseau de feu (Firebird) - Concert Suite No. 2 (1919)
Igor Stravinsky - Le sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) (1913, rev. 1947/67)
Igor Stravinsky - Scherzo à la russe (1944)
Igor Stravinsky - Tango (1940)