Album: Pierre Boulez, Boulez Conducts Stravinsky (Deutsche Grammophon)

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Few conductors have invigorated repertoires with the verve that Pierre Boulez has brought to his interpretations of Stravinsky, compiled here across six CDs.

The early discs feature the standard ballet classics, including Petrouchka and The Rite of Spring, performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the Cleveland Orchestra. The later discs, involving the rigorously modernist Ensemble InterContemporain, contain unexpected small jewels such as the "Eight Instrumental Miniatures" and "Elegy for JFK". Bristling with energetic innovation, at £20-25 it's an absolute bargain.

Download this The Rite of Spring; The Firebird; Eight Instrumental Miniatures; Epitaphium; In Memoriam Dylan Thomas