Originally Posted by Andre Yew
You have to listen to the San Francisco Symphony's DVD of the Rite of Spring available from their online store. The rhythmic work is just on the other side of unbelievable: the little micro syncopations that Michael Tilson Thomas adds, especially at the end, give the performance an inexorable forward momentum without making the work completely brutal or rushed. The brass are pretty fantastic as well, but the orchestral playing in general is inspired.
MTT's also helped Stravinsky debut several of his pieces when they lived in Los Angeles, and is in touch with his own Russian folk heritage, so he gives a fairly unique, personal view of the Rite. There are lots of Russian folk tunes that he brings out in the piece.
It's in Dolby Digital, so the analog frans will turn up their noses, but it is in pretty good multichannel sound.
We have the Tilson Thomas Polygram recording in which he conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra. That's a winner also.
Every music library needs at least three different Rites
! So, I just ordered the San Francisco Symphony boxed set of three CDs with Tilson Thomas conducting and then I tried to order the DVD from the orchestra's site and the site is freezing. So, I will try again in a few hours. It will be great fun comparing the different versions.
Thanks for the tip. By the way, the Orions are simply the best!