. . . a sonically spectacular "Sacre du Printemps" . . . Essential listening for anyone wishing to understand Stravinsky's revolutionary and influential music.
. . . Riccardo Chailly leads a vivid and powerful account . . . details abound and tempos are well-chosen across the whole. This impressive 70-minute release enjoys exemplary playing and sound.
Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra bring brilliance, detail and precision to works that include the rediscovered "Chant Funèbre" . . . [the sequence of early works is] brilliantly coloured and played with immaculate precision by the LFO . . . It is followed by an equally brilliant account of "The Rite of Spring" . . . It's more detailed, and more measured, than the version Chailly recorded in 1985 with the Cleveland Orchestra, but equally convincing in its own way.
. . . ["Chant funèbre"] is a magnificent piece, and it's thrilling to hear it finally . . . inspired . . . "Fireworks", Op. 4 and Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3, are given virtuosic performances, with dazzling woodwind highly impressive in their interlocking semiquavers . . . Chailly makes sure you can hear every entry . . . [Stravinsky / "Le faune et la bergére"]: [Sophie Koch's] voice is ideally suited to these depictions of budding young emotions: sweet and innocent in places, but full of sensuous tone when required . . . [Stravinsky / "Le sacre du printemps"]: Again, the level of detail is quite extraordinary . . . the myriad woodwind lines that often get buried in the mix can be effortlessly heard, not least the quietly frenetic contributions from alto flute. Similarly, I can't recall many other recordings where I could so clearly hear the inexorable, heaving tread of the bass clarinets moving in parallel fifths . . . Chailly lets rip with great fury in the "Glorification de l'élue" (Glorification of the Chosen One), and especially in the final "Danse sacrale" (Sacrifical Dance), the frenzy of which is made all the more satisfying by the earlier steadiness . . . this is Chailly's first disc with the orchestra since becoming their music director in 2016, and it's eminently clear just what fantastically capable hands they are in: with a richness from the strings, and unparalleled expertise from woodwind and brass, this must be one of the most remarkable discs of Stravinsky's music to have appeared for some time.
["Le sacre du printemps"]: This immaculate performance by Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra eschews the usual brutality. This "Rite" is more religious ritual, less mass rape, a spiritual convocation with some crazy dancing. Chailly's approach is a refreshing contrast to Russian roughness, an alternative reading of a modernist masterpiece. The instrumental soliloquies are elegant and serene. The bassoonist (unnamed) deserves a Nobel Prize.
. . . first-rate performances . . . Chailly gives us "The Rite of Spring" in a clear-headed, chiselled performance . . .
Après 106 ans d'un oubli impardonnable, la partition du "Chant Funèbre" est enfin ressuscitée, au concert et ici par le disque, dans ce premier enregistrement mondial, jalon désormais essentiel pour comprendre la "comète" Stravinksy, jeune génie issu du Conservatoire de Saint-Pétersbourg, et doué d'une frénésie stylistique époustouflante.