While the Austrian maestro Herbert Von Karajan (mostly known for covering the Austro-German repertoire) may appear to be the wrong fit for Stravinsky’s mysterious and barbaric “Rite of Spring”, I’d contend that if this recording is a fair representation, Karajan’s Stravinsky has it’s merits. This recording of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” is bold and bright, with an on-point delivery that is dramatic and intense, and it is being played by an orchestra that is world class in it’s precision and polish. The DG sound is, of course, as clear as crystal. Given that, I’d ask, what more would you want? There may be others such as Bernstein, Monteux and Stravinsky himself who’d interpret this music with, perhaps, a more authentic feel of understanding for the composer’s intent, but, even so, Karajan doesn’t fail to put on a good show.
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.33 GB
Analyzed Folder: /192k Stravinsky – Le Sacre Du Printemps – Karajan_dr.txt ———————————————————————————————-
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.14 dB -19.75 dB A Premiere Partie-L’ Adoration De La Terre.flac
DR14 -0.25 dB -20.52 dB B Seconde Partie-Le Sacrifice.flac ———————————————————————————————-
Number of Files: 2
Official DR Value: DR14
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