- Tango, for piano
- Scherzo à la Russe, for orchestra
- L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2
- Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra
For this all-Stravinsky album, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra present "Le Sacre du printemps," along with the suite from "L'oiseau de feu," the "Scherzo à la Russe," and the orchestral version of the "Tango." Naturally, the main draw is "Le Sacre," and the quality of the performance is everything to the success of this 2012 SACD release on Channel Classics. Fortunately for fans of this revolutionary ballet and audiophiles who relish Stravinsky's innovative orchestration, this rendition is a sonic treat filled with remarkable details and breathtaking sonorities, and propelled with enough energy to make it viscerally exciting. Fischer tends to take the slow sections a bit too languidly, in part to create a great feeling of weight, but also to let the multilayered counterpoint and complex harmonies be heard clearly. But the music is astonishingly fast where it needs to be, the explosions in the percussion are as dynamic and loud as any ever recorded, and the "Danse sacrale" is wonderfully violent. The performances of "L'oiseau de feu," the "Scherzo," and the "Tango" are enjoyable and good to have as filler, but the listener may well take a rest after hearing "Le Sacre" because Fischer and the orchestra give it everything they have. The sound of this recording is impressively deep and spacious, and virtually everything is audible, even in the softest passages.
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