Krzysztof Urbański / NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps

The centenary of Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps was widely celebrated in 2013, and since then recordings have increased dramatically, suggesting that this groundbreaking ballet has lost none of its power to intrigue and enthrall. Alpha's 2017 recording of a concert by Krzysztof Urbański and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester offers a vivid performance that is astonishing for its fine details and wonderful sonorities, which make it a recording that serious Stravinsky fans should experience. In terms of tempos, dynamics, and pacing, Urbański's interpretation is mainstream and fairly predictable, though his attention to the myriad instrumental combinations, subtle inner parts, and colorful effects makes this performance stand out. Listeners who know Le Sacre du printemps well may anticipate every rhythm and accent, but they will be surprised to hear something ......

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