"While he was finishing the score of The Firebird, the idea came to Stravinsky for a pagan, ritual scenario. The background history of Le Sacre du printemps is well known: while the modernists praised the work, the conservative public thought they were being hoaxed. The reason for their irritation and the scandalous fiasco of the premiere is still audible to this day. Stravinsky carries the aggressive, hammering rhythms to the extreme, casting them in atonal harmonies which feed on the alternation between a red-hot and a mild mixture, as Stravinsky put it.
Dorati urges on his ensemble with robust tempi, and the orchestra is quick to respond to all the refinements of the tightly knit movement. It appears to cope effortlessly with the extremes of contrast and manages to amalgamate the rhythmic excesses with the tenderness of the numerous tiny motifs and figures which seem to sprout like flowers out of hard rock. The excellent recording technique captures both the extreme loudness and the finely pulsating tones, resulting in a sound in which no detail goes unheard. The listener can be sure that this Stravinsky deserves the rating "excellent" ñ both for the interpretation and for the sound."
"If you can ignore the tape hiss these Mercury Living Presence recordings of Antal Dorati leading the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra would be among the finest ever made. Along with the tape hiss, Mercury's engineering captured every nuance of the performances with a clarity and lucidity that few later recordings could match." - AMG.
This LP is a Mercury Living Presence Stereo recording. This series is highly regarded by Audiophiles as being some of the finest recordings ever made, even by today's standards and techniques!
These recordings are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
The record is Exc-.
The jacket is Mint-.
The LP plays/sounds Mint.
Fantastic Recording! Incredible detail and dynamics.
After listening to the Telarc with it;s hyped, bloated bass, this LP is is absolutely stunning! Each instument occupies it's own space. The Orchestra can be heard as a whole and as individual instruments at the same time. The Soundstage is wide and very deep.
Surface noise consists of some low-level 'crackles' and some 'ticks' which are only present on extremely quiet passages.
Each record is washed on a VPI cleaning machine using a proprietary 3-5 agent process which is determined by the needs of the individual record. Each record is then listened to 100% to insure that the posted description is exactly what you can expect to get.
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