Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) / The Firebird / Jeu de cartes / Petrouchka / Pulcinella
Igor Stravinsky (Composer),
Claudio Abbado (Conductor),
London Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra)
This is an excellent Stravinsky collection on all counts. Claudio Abbado’s recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra represent the high-water mark of his career, and DG captured the partnership in generally fine sound. This recording of the complete Pulcinella, with the songs included, set an entirely new standard for the work, and its excellence has worn very well in the couple of decades since its initial release. The performance of Jeu de Cartes (Card Game) also should win many new friends for this entertaining late work. As to the Big Three ballets, all of them were among the most recommendable versions when they first came out, and they still are. –David Hurwitz
This magnificient set contains some of Abbado’s finest recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra.