Stravinsky - Pétrouchka - Le Sacre du Printemps - CO·Boulez
Igor Stravinsky 1882-1971
1. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version)
2. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra
Boulez's DG remakes for these landmark ballets score over his previous CBS versions on sonic and executional grounds. The Cleveland Orchestra's chilly proficiency and regimented perfection, though, seems achieved at the expense of atmosphere and character, as exemplified in Chailly's Sacre with the same orchestra on London, or the composer-led Columbia Symphony Pétrouchka. --Jed Distler.