Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
Ferenc Fricsay made possibly one of the most interesting versions of Le Sacre ever made in the whole music story. It ‘s filled of entire conviction and above all profound domain of the discursive and bitter musical language. A notable sonorous richness, steeled modulations, extraordinary interpretative nervous, accurate and precision. The rhythmic obsession is delirious.
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra: RIAS Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 292 MB
If you think an orchestra in the 1950s wouldn’t have the ‘chops’ to play the hell out of Le Sacre like, say, today’s Cleveland Orchestra, think again. This performance is ferocious and devastating, with outstanding playing from every section of the RIAS Berlin that rivals today’s finest ensembles. Don’t let the mono sound be a detraction – the colors of Stravinsky’s orchestration are vivid as ever. The only ‘problem’ with the mono sound is a degree of brightness in loud passages (or, if you like, a lack of dark fullness in those same passages).
Many of the tempos are slower than what we usually get today, but the crisp accuracy of the playing makes the effect all the more impressive. Details that usually fly by unnoticed are pronounced and important to the goings-on. Compared to some recent, yawn-inducing (who would have thought this piece could do that?) recordings (i.e., Paavo Järvi and company), this is stunning. Simply put, a recording not only important because of its vintage, but as an interpretation for the ages.
Before his untimely death in 1963 at the age of 49, Ferenc Fricsay was a star on the DGG labe. His riveting talents justify reissuing almost everything he made, much of it in mono. Here we have one of the most modernist-soudning “Le sacres” on disc, in the sense that not a note is played for glamour or virtuosic showmanship — the score sounds neurotic, tense, almost harrowing in places. We are hearing Paul Klee’s twittering machine drenched in horror. Fricsay was making a virtue of necessity since his RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) orchestra from Berlin was by no means a virtuoso band.
Even if they had been, I imagine Fricsay would still have produced this nerve-wracking interpretation. The roughness in the playing serves his ends, and the musicians dive in with total commitment. I agree with the previous reviewers who say that mono sound shouldn’t stand in anyone’s way. It’s detailed, close up, and not too boxy for that era.
Analyzed folder: /96k (Mono) Stravinsky – La Sacre Du Primtemps – Fricsay
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -6.00 dB -25.54 dB A Part 1.aif
DR13 -6.46 dB -26.73 dB B Part 2.aif
Number of files: 2
Official DR value: DR13
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