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I am a fan of MTT and the SFS. However, this particular album has not impressed me much. Maybe it's the sound engineering, maybe it's the performance but there just seems to be something missing from the sound. It sounds very go-through-the-motions-ish and lacks dynamism. No Stravinsky was not necessarily one for forceful sound, but he was definitely one for intensity. This is not a particularly intense album, and the Rite of Spring should be intense. Yes the technical performance is strong. But the Firebird is not particularly impressive, and you can do much better with the Rite of Spring. Not that this is a bad album. You can just find better. I recommend Sir Colin Davis and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with the Philips label. They really carry across the ferocity and terror of the piece, which is not as prevelent (as it should be) in this recording. Keep searching. Good, but nothing noteworthy.

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I highly suggest this version of Rite of Spring over any other that I've heard by far. I personally think the sound is incredible, the clarity is un-matched by any other group. You can pick out nearly every instrument even through the thickest Stravinsky orchestration. The intesity is definitely there, once San Francisco starts I can't stop listening until the "neck break". Be your own judge, buy a couple versions, the Royal Concertgebouw is definetely a close 2nd; but I don't think the clarity is the same. Not to give it away, but I first sat down to listen to San Francisco play and listened all the away to end and was shocked to find out that it was a live recording. The precision and clarity is remarkable, a very moving experience. Well worth $8.

I agree with Nick

Definitely a clear recording. Unbelievably so. I find this more detailed than any other recording. The composer wanted these parts to be heard. Otherwise, why bother to write the intricate rhythms among not only the percussion but the entire orchestra. And at $8, you can't lose but will also be awakened by what detail you've missed in other recordings no matter how "violent" or whatever. Just sayin'.


Formed: 1911 in San Francisco , CA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

The San Francisco Symphony is among the country's leading orchestras, with a reputation for adventurous and innovative programming that highlights American composers and focuses on targeting new audiences for orchestral music. The San Francisco Musical Association, established in 1908, founded the San Francisco Symphony, which gave its first concert in 1911. Its early conductors included Henry Hadley and Alfred Hertz. After the orchestra had to cancel its 1934 season for financial reasons, the city...
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Stravinsky: the Rite of Spring, the Firebird Suite (selections), San Francisco Symphony
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Nov 03, 2009

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