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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

I couldn't disagree more - Stravinsky over Bernstein any day

"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.



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