Thursday 8 October 2015
Classical CD Review: REMASTERED CLASSICS Stravinsky - Le Roi des Etoiles, Le Sacre du Printemps
“The recording always was praised for its sonic quality but now, in this first release of the multi-channel original, we can enjoy it in stunning audio.”
One of PENTATONE’s REMASTERED CLASSICS release of Igor Stravinsky: Le Roi des Etoiles, Le sacre du Printemps with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Boston Symphony Orchestra has received a wonderful praise on Classical CD Review. This release was originally recorded by Deutsche Gramophone in 1972, and now it is finally presented in the quality it deserved! Below you can read more about the review.
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Stravinsky composed King of the Stars in 1911-1912 to a text by Russian poet Konstantyine Balmont. It is seldom performed as it requires a huge orchestra and a large six-part men's chorus. It is very brief ( (5:29 inn this performance), and is an odd cantata that Stravinsky dedicated to Debussy who was very impressed by it. No explanation is given as to just what it is about, no text is provided, but it surel yit is it a rousing bit of early Stravinsky. Michael Tilson Thomas's recordings were made in l972 in Boston's Symphony Hall. His Rite was highly praised when originally issued and remains one of the great performances of this masterpiece. The recording always was praised for its sonic quality but now, in this first release of the multi-channel original, we can enjoy it in stunning audio. The engineers did a spectacular job of capturing the sound of a huge orchestra performing in an acoustically-perfect hall. The orchestra is spread out in front of you, instrument placement is precise, and rear speakers are utilized most effectively to create the sound of a live performance. Possibly today with improved digital technology engineers would have been able to capture low percussion with a touch more impact, but what we have is most impressive. Let us hope there are other MTT Boston recordings available multi-track. This is one of the finest SACDs I've ever heard. Thank you Pentatone!!
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