Russ (not Martha)
2019-10-06 17:23:32 UTC
A friend in California asked whether I owned a copy of the Bohdan Wodiczko / Polish National SO recording of Stravinsky’s ‘Sacre du Printemps,’ which I do not. The discussion moved on to the question of my remastering a YouTube file of this recording, sourced from a Polish Muza LP.
I found - or thought I found - a good-sounding audio file of the Wodiczko ‘Sacre’ with next-to-no background noise, so I remastered it to CD, dividing the trax according to the title pages in the orchestral score.
The performance is absolutely hair-raising. The orchestral performance is razor-sharp; tempos pretty much on the quick side. The recorded sound is magnificent, with the all-important percussion pretty much in-your-face.
This would be my go-to version when I want to hear 'Sacre'.
Only one little problem.
It’s NOT the Wodiczko recording. I have no idea who the performers are!!
I honestly thought that I had located the Wodickzo/PNSO file on YouTube and that background noise was minimal as I transferred it into my computer and divided the file into the appropriate tracks.
But later on, I got onto YouTube again, and was definitely looking at the Wodiczko file when it was clear that the sound quality was only so-so, there was obvious LP surface crackle, and total timing of the recording was 2 minutes more than that of the recording I mistakenly pulled off!
These are the track timings of the 'Mystery Sacre':
Part I Introduction 3:25*
Les Augures printaniers 3:09
Jeu du rapt 1:17
Rondes printanières 3:56
Jeux des cités rivales 1:48
Cortège du sage 0:40
Le Sage 0:22
Danse de la terre 1:15*
Part II Introduction 4:12*
Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes 2:59
Glorification de l'élue 1:25
Évocation des ancêtres 0:43
Action rituelle des ancêtres 2:38
Danse sacrale (L'Élue) 4:02*
*Includes some silence before or after the music
So I’ll be snooping around YouTube to see if I can identify the performance, but in the meantime, if there is someone out there in rcmr-land who owns heaps of different versions of 'Sacre', perhaps you could be kind enough to have a look at the movement timings, and see if anyone’s version matches up with the list above.
Thanks for reading, and happy listening to everyone.
Russ (not Martha)