Stravinsky famously dubbed the 1964 Berlin “Le sacre” a pet savage rather than a real one, blaming the tradition from which the performance came (German and unduly sostenuto) more than the performance itself for its obvious shortcomings…
By the time the work went back into the recording studio in November 1975, it was a performance of astonishing intensity. What is on the finished record is an uninterrupted final take of a reading that no longer cloys the appetite in feeds.
Richard Osborne: “Herbert von Karajan – Life in Music”
Hungarian conductor and composer Peter Eötvös is known for his proficiency in Stravinsky's "primitivist" works; his Hungaraton recording of both 1917 and 1923 versions of Les Noces is viewed in some quarters as a watershed album in Stravinsky studies; university classes have been based around it and the insight the album provides into Stravinsky's working methods. That was made in 1988; since then Eötvös has not had much opportunity to return to Stravinsky, working closely instead with Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble Modern, and promoting his own compositions..
The fifth recording of Tugan Sokhiev and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse on naïve is dedicated to one of the major music works on the 20th century, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which will turn 100 years in 2013. Also featuring the brilliant piece The Firebird and offering illustrations that enhance the special atmosphere of those works, the set includes a bonus DVD with a live performance of Rite of Spring by Tugan Sokhiev and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse during the unforgettable concert that opened last season of the orchestra, considered one of the best French ensembles.
As digital Petrushkas go, this is definitely one of the best. Chailly has his players characterize even the smallest detail (instrumental doublings are remarkably clear) and the savage attack of brass and big drums in "The Shrove-Tide Fair" has astonishing impact…
Chailly's taut and urgent reading of The Rite adds another to the list of spectacular versions of this work that Decca have given us in the digital age… His reading remains at white heat all through, and is not likely to disappoint anyone. E.G. – Gramophone