Stravinsky : Le Sacre du Printemps

Stravinsky : Le Sacre du Printemps


Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 

Decca SXL 6691

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

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Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) : Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Part I : The Adoratinon of the Earth
A1 - Harbingers of Spring
A2 - Dance of the Adolescents
A3 - The Mock Abduction
A4 - The Spring Rounds
Part II : The Sacrifice
B1 - Mystical Circles of the Adolescents
B2 - Glorification of the Chosen One
B3 - Sacrificial Dance

Recorded in May 1974 at Medinah Temple in Chicago by Kenneth Wilkinson and James Lock.

The Rite of Spring, premiered in 1913, was Stravinsky's third and last collaboration with Diaghilev, after The Firebird in 1910 and Petrouchka in 1911.

No other 20th-century ballet music has ever created such a commotion as this ancient rite of spring : it began with a turmoil which developed into a full-scale brawl at the premiere performance in the concert hall, was sung hymns of praise and suffered devastating reviews by critics. 

This thrilling, epoch-making masterpiece remains fascinating to this very day thanks to its bloodcurdling rhythms, its secretive, intertwined melodies, and the boiling, seething, and lashing of the titanic instrumental forces. And Sir Georg Solti and his phenomenal orchestra certainly ensure that all this is brought over to the listener. The notes of the lyrical passages simply fly out of the loudspeakers with the lightness and airyness to which one is accustomed with DECCA recordings from this era. But one can still be astounded by this audiophile work of art: such a gentle, voluminous, lashing and pounding sound-storm is only normally heard live in the concert hall. And precisely because this recording sounds so marvellous, it tops the vinyl charts in the American specialist magazine The Absolute Sound.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under