Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

What an odd little Kent Nagano collection! First up, his recording Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps with the London Philharmonic taken from their two disc-set coupling Le Sacre with Stravinsky's Persephone. Next is the March from Prokofiev's L'amour des trois oranges with the Orchestre de l'Opera Lyon culled from their two-disc set of the complete opera. Next is the Dance of the Seven Veils from Strauss' Salome, also with the Lyon Opera Orchestra, taken from their two-disc set of the complete opera performed in French. Finally, there is Strauss' Bourgeois Gentilehomme Suite taken from their two-disc set coupling Ariadne auf Naxos with Der Burger als Edelmann. Although this program makes very little sense, the strength of the performances still makes it attractive. With the London Philharmonic, Nagano turns in a muscular and driven Le Sacre, while with the Lyon Orchestra he turns in a snappy March, a sexy Dance, and a witty Suite. Virgin's sound is loud and proud and sexy, which is not at all inappropriate considering the music.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra
1 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 03:14 Amazon
2 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 03:14 Amazon
3 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:27 Amazon
4 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 03:44 Amazon
5 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:53 Amazon
6 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 00:43 Amazon
7 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 00:25 Amazon
8 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:19 Amazon
9 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 04:37 Amazon
10 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
11 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:36 Amazon
12 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 00:44 Amazon
13 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 03:30 Amazon
14 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 04:44 Amazon
The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis
15 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:35 Amazon
Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215)
16 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 09:30 Amazon
Der Bürger als Edelmann (Le bourgeois gentilhomme), suite from the ballet for orchestra, Op. 60-IIIa (TrV 228c)
17 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 04:10 Amazon
18 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:38 Amazon
19 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 05:03 Amazon
20 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 02:14 Amazon
21 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:19 Amazon
22 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
23 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:36 Amazon
24 Kent Nagano / London Philharmonic Orchestra 02:34 Amazon
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