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Stravinsky Ballets

Channel Classics CCS SA 32112

Do we really need any more studio CD recordings of The Rite & Firebird?

Channel Classics' notes take you through all the scandal of the Diaghilev premiere of Sacre du Printemps in Paris; why?

This is an antiseptic account caught diligently on a dozen microphones, attracting some scorn from Amazon readers...

Better are the brief Scherzo a la Russe & the Tango composed for America, but not enough so for a purchase recommendation.

Nowadays it needs something special - q.v. e.g. Dudamel rehearsing at the Royal Albert Hall; that would have been something...

Better to think of DVDs and new interpretations, such as Uwe Scholz's of Leipzig, one of the most important German choreographers who died in 2004; his doesn't quite pass muster, but points the way.

Peter Grahame Woolf

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZIDkorZhfg