Top 10 Stravinsky Recordings

Julian Halse Thu 1st January 2015

Stravinsky was one of the most important and influential of all 20th century composers. Here we list ten of our favourite recordings of his masterpieces – that all make for highly rewarding listening.

The Firebird Suite 
Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer (Channel Classics)

'Even after the passage of almost a century, the opening of ‘The Sacrifice’ (the ballet’s second half) is a world apart'.

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Petrushka 
LSO / 
Claudio Abbado (DG)

'Among the finest currently before us—vividly, imaginatively characterized, shining examples of Abbado's best work with the LSO.'

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Le roi des étoiles 
Cleveland Choir and Orch / Pierre Boulez

'A disc that shows Boulez – along with the Cleveland musicians and the DG engineers – at their formidable best.'

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The Rite of Spring 
Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra / Yakov Kreizberg (OPM Classics)

'This never has the sense of being played for thrills, yet the effect is all the more thrilling for coming from such depths.'

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Symphony of Psalms 
BPO / Simon Rattle (EMI)

'On balance Rattle offers the most polished option, mindful of both mood and structure and beautifully engineered, but don’t forget Stravinsky’s own version.'

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Oedipus Rex 
RPO / Sir Colin Davis (Classics for Pleasure)

'Highly dramatic, greatly detailed, rhythmically exhilarating – surely close to what the composer intended'

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Pulcinella 
LSO / Claudio Abbado (DG)

'Abbado conducts Pulcinella with a good deal of vigour, persuading his smallish group from the LSO to some very adroit, nimble playing.'

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Apollon musagète 
Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Alexander Janiczek

'This impeccable and stylish performance radiates melodic appeal devoid of sentimentality.'

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The Rake’s Progess  
London Sinfonietta / Riccardo Chailly (Decca)

'In its balance of brilliance and sensitivity, this is playing of the first class.'

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Symphony in C 
BPO / Simon Rattle (EMI)

'Rattle gives us both urgency and tonal body. Henceforth, his is a digital front-runner.'


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