Originally Posted by juneamour I have two version of >>Rite of Spring<<
Leonard Bernstein conducting London Symphony Orchestra
Sony Classical DSD CD
Antal Dorati conducting Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Mercury Living Presence
Both are superb.
I made a mistake here. I took for granted that Dorati's Rite of Spring belongs to Mercury label.
When I came back home and double checked my collection, I found out that it is actually under Penguin Classics label.
Dorati has another superb Stravinsky work-Firebird, which is under Mercury Living Presence label.
I really like Rites of Spring & Petrushka so have large collection over the years:
Ancerl/Supraphon Gold (Vol 5)
Boulez/Sony or newest Boulez/CSO/Universal
Monteux/RCA Red Seal (just released from vaults)
Stravinsky/Sony CBS Masterworks (composers own recordings hard to beat)
Davis/Phillips 50 (2CD version with 3 ballets)
Haitink/Phillips Duo (2CD version with 3 ballets +)
Bernstein/NYPO/Sony (much better than later DG but very hard to find now)
Skrowaczewski/Vox (budget 3CD set with misc Prokefiev works also)
2nd tier but still keep around:
Abbado/DG (2CD set with 3 ballets +)
Rattle/EMI Gemini 2CD
-Have not heard Gergiev yet,
-Would like to get the older Dorati/Mercury but very expensive used. I do have the Dorati/Mercury "firebird" CD
I believe the Bernstein rite of spring is part of of the LB Original Jackets collection sony has just put out, so if you want it, it's going to cost you! Some one at Amazon said it's the only "romantic" interpretation. It is highly recommended.
I have the boxed set of Ansermet/ Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which includes it along with all of his other Ballets, Stage Works and Orchestral Works. I also have an edition on vinyl (Dorati? who knows, it's put away and it's been years). The boxed set was a good deal at yourmusic.
It's sitting in the pile of soon to heard cds.
Edit: I just saw that Sony has also released Lenny's ROS independently of the OJ collection as well, along with the Eroica and some others.
Originally Posted by Pars Solti/CSO recording from the late '70s (?) is also very good. I think that this was released not too long ago on XRCD which should be spectacular sonically... I only have the LP.
I would buy the Solti version in a heartbeat if I ever found CD version for reasonable price.........very rare and expensive on used market. If there is new XRCD that would be cheapest way to get this version currently.
I suspect eventually it will resurface in some reissued CD form at reudced price.