The Critic's Chair for 28 October 2012
Murray Khouri compares great recordings of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring on The Critic’s Chair. Murray’s Choice: from a generally excellent crop of recordings Valery Gergiev and Simon Rattle vie for top place. Both get to the core of this masterpiece giving performances that you’ll want to hear time and time again. Best Budget Buy is Mackerras with the London Phil. It’s finely played and recorded with a few novelties as fill-ups. Collector’s Choice has to be Stravinsky conducting the Columbia Symphony; a bench mark recording that should have a place in any collection.