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Mata/LSO: Stravinsky Le sacre du printemps (rec. 1978) - RCA RL 13060

$7.00 USD

RCA (LP)

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This outstanding LP from RCA (RL 13060, English pressing, RCA Red Seal label, stereo) features conductor Eduardo Mata and the London Symphony Orchestra’s trenchant account of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps (The Sacred Rite of Spring), taped in demonstration quality sound at EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London, on 2 May 1978.

Quite why Mata and the London Symphony Orchestra’s recording is not more widely celebrated is a mystery to this listener – it is an absolutely towering performance, and the LSO prove themselves – as this did with Abbado, in his near contemporaneous LP for DG – one of the supreme exponents of this seminal masterpiece.

The exact track listing is as follows:

A

Part 1 : The adoration of the earth

15:04

B

Part II : The sacrifice

19:50

The album was produced by the great Charles Gerhardt and engineered by Robert Gooch.

The striking cover photo was taken by Nick Sangiamo, art direction was supervised by J.J. Stelmach, and the insightful liner notes were written by Christopher Palmer – provided in English only.

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