Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein, conductor.
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Stravinsky greeted Leonard Bernstein's early 1960s New York Philharmonic recording of The Rite of Spring with one word: "Wow!" Recorded live in Tel Aviv in 1982, this version offers "exciting playing and an atmospheric account … of the 'Action rituelle des ancętres'" (Gramophone). The 1919 score of The Firebird Suite is the companion piece.
"I know when I have achieved a really good statement of a work: when I have the feeling throughout that I am composing it on stage."—Leonard Bernstein