Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions cover

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions


Montreal-born conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin consistently conducts with illuminating authority.  His reading of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring complements his penchant for aggressive, vivid, and precise sonority; the performance is equal parts ferocity and panache. The Rite is here paired with the deluxe Bach orchestral transcriptions by Leopold Stokowski, the most famous of which — the “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” — most will recognize from its appearance in Fantasia.  While the transcriptions sound as though they were originally designed to titillate the Gilded-Age heirs and heiresses in the 1920’s Philadelphia crowd, they are retro-fabulous in the best way possible. Historical-performance enthusiasts will either look on in horror or give in to the mayhem.

Sean Wood

Dvorák: Violin Concerto cover

Dvorák: Violin Concerto

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Manfred Honeck
Bach: Concertos cover

Bach: Concertos

Janine Jansen
Brahms: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 cover

Brahms: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2

Maurizio Pollini, Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures cover

Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures

Elizabeth Watts, Christian Baldini, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
 Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7 cover

Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7

Thomas Søndergård, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 cover

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944

Enoch zu Guttenberg, Orchester der KlangVerwaltung
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “Choral” cover

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony (Op.64, 1915) cover

Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony (Op.64, 1915)

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique cover

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati