Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): I. The Adoration of the Earth
Etichetta: New York Philharmonic
If a bit tender at its open, this performance can hang with storied recordings of Stravinsky's riot-starting ballet. While it's easy for conductors (or reviewers) to focus on the meter switch-ups at the expense of the overall sweep, Alan Gilbert has command of the details and the grand design. Loud as he lets his players blare by the midway point -- go to the 11-minute mark of the first track to hear a huge brass chord in "Spring Rounds" go through a torturously beautiful metamorphosis -- you wouldn't expect much dynamic power to be left in the tank by the finale. But then it rips some more.