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In Reply to: RE: The Ansermet/London Symphony of Psalms was a terrible recording posted by Tom B. on March 08, 2017 at 10:57:41
"Stravinsky and Copeland come to mind. Bernstein smokes any of Aaron's attempts and it the same Stravinsky. Conductors are a better bet than composers attempts. Of coarse there are plenty of exceptions, but Igor is not one of them"
I actively dislike all Bernstein's recordings of Stravinsky, and in particular Les Noces which is just some homogenised and Americanised version of the gritty Russian original. I really can't listen to it at all. With Stravinsky you get the full Russian folk feel. Same with many of Igor's works - you need to hear his Russian roots.
If you want an even more Russian Les Noces, listen to the Pokrovsky version which is a total revelation. It really doesn't get more Russian than this! If you can stand Bernstein or even like what he does to this work, you'd probably hate the Pokrovsky, but I'm totally hooked on it - it's addictive.
I really like the Bernstein recording of Oedipus Rex. That "football glee club" chorus just before the end is great!
Neither of the Stravinsky recordings of this piece is that outstanding.
"...... Bernstein smokes any of Aaron's attempts and it the same Stravinsky...."
I really blew that sentence bro.....very embarrassed. What I MEANT to say is that I prefer Bernstein's recordings of Copeland as opposed to the attempts by the composer himself. I didn't mean that Lenny was a master with Stravinsky. I totally and entirely agree with your opinion of Bernstein's Stravinsky. I rarely listen to any of my pressings that I picked up over the years.
My preference for Stravinsky is Markevitch, Fricay, and Dorati........all of their mono recordings especially. Dorati is on all those drop dead gorgeous Mercury Monos !! The other two did their versions on DGG.
For stereo recordings, I find all sorts of newer digital attempts preferable to vinyl with the exception of Dorati's Stereo Mercury of "Rite" and Ansermet's Petrushka on UK Decca SKL or London Blueback. Boulez does a great Le Noces on 1970s Nonesuch that I find very convincing, but I find a modern SACD preferable.
To be honest, I don't have a strong opinion as to The Firebird.....other than Dorati's Mono.
There.....I think I've explained myself more accurately.
Regards, Tom B.
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