Ya know, I saw the movie and poor Beethoven did need a red-headed Hottie to cue his conducting but these "hey look at me" posts that opine Stravinsky and Copland and others can't take their score from inspiration to realization is KaKa.
Igor has the orchestra convey the eerily religious sense of the individual late in life, on the edge of the Abyss, contained in the Verses he chose. I loved it and listened through twice. Then I played the Ansermet again.
The London FFRR recording really is poor in contrast to the surprisingly excellent Itunes but Ansermet clearly misses the spell Stravinsky casts; his dynamics don't fit the religious feeling of the work.
Speaking of Copland and not forgetting Saint-Saens, I really love the addition of Piano to the orchestra as a rythym instrument.
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Topic - Turns out Itunes has Stravinsky conducting Symphony Of Psalms and it appears he might know what he's doing ;-} - kitch29 10:05:41 03/09/17 (3)