Vote: Your Favorite Rite of Spring Recordings

Add Your Voice to our Upcoming Centennial Celebration

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

On May 29, Q2 Music will do something it's never done before: play one piece in numerous contrasting interpretations for an entire 24-hour period.

We believe Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring can not only stand up to such a full-blown marathon treatment, but also demands it and rewards obsessive listening. lists over 200 recordings of The Rite; host Phil Kline will bring you the absolute best of the best – from the historical to the modern to the alternative – but we also want to know what recordings you prefer. 

Vote below for your favorite, and if you have a particular recording we've missed, please let us know about it in comments area and we'll consider including it on May 29.

Q2 Music's Rite of Spring Fever is a 24-hour marathon on Wednesday, May 29 hosted by Phil Kline of contrasting interpretations of Stravinsky's masterpiece and a complementary web portal of interviews, testimonials and interactive features.





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Comments [10]

12-String Frank from Staten Island

The first recording of "Rite of Spring" I ever had was the one from Disney's "Fantasia" and L. Stokowsky conducting. I always liked it. It was the segment with the dinosaurs and a good way of getting young people to comprehend modern classical music. But later I got a proper recording with Z. Mehta and the NY Phil. That was when I noticed that something different in the arrangement. The scene with the earthquake in the Stokowsky version actually comes earlier in the original piece.

May. 31 2013 11:40 AM
Ralph B. from New York City

Prominently absent from the list of best "Rites" performances is a stunning one by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, conducted by Eduard van Beinum. Although issued by English Decca /"London" Records at the tail end of the 78 rpm era (1946), I'm not sure if this ever made it to LP in the US. Sound quality, interpretation and performance are excellent. My favorite and definitive version.

May. 30 2013 12:12 AM
Gack from San Francisco

Checkout this video tribute made to the performance by conductor Valery Gergiev:

May. 27 2013 03:53 PM
Cat Sith

Love Birdsongs of the Mesozoic's "(Excerpts from) The Rite of Spring" is wonderful:

May. 24 2013 02:55 PM
Rusty Banks

I really like Atlanta Symphony's recording (Yoel Levi). Really visceral.

May. 24 2013 09:13 AM
fvguima from São Paulo, Brazil

My all-time favorite recording of the Rite is Michael Tilson Thomas and Ralph Grierson's 1973 performance of the two-piano version for Angel Records. It is now out of print, sadly, but still available on iTunes.

May. 23 2013 09:57 PM
EEPE from US

Dude where is the greatest of them all: Ansermet and L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande on DECCA?

May. 23 2013 11:44 AM
Paul Secor

A friend's recommendation led me to the recording by Ferenc Fricsay/RIAS Synphonie-Orchester Berlin (DG, and it's since become a favorite.

May. 23 2013 08:24 AM

Not an exact transcription or arrangement of the Rite of Spring, but what about Nikolai Kapustin's Variations Op. 41? The base of his jazzy and virtuosic variations is the opening Rite of Spring bassoon melody, so Kapustin's piece deserves recognition.

May. 22 2013 01:02 PM

As an "Alternative Rite Arrangement", I nominate the Re-(W)rite of Spring. A big band jazz arrangement that I just love.

Here's the link to Innova Records:

May. 22 2013 11:20 AM

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