Ever since its scandalous 1913 premiere, the orchestra repertoire wouldn't be complete without Igor Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra archive alone lists 118 performances since 1924, when Pierre Monteux, conductor of the Paris premiere, led the orchestra. In 1926 Stravinsky himself conducted the RCO in the Sacre twice on one day to much acclaim and since Eduard van Beinum all RCO chief conductors have performed Le Sacre. To this already impressive list, Daniele Gatti has now added his brilliant interpretation.
Four years before his death, in 1914, Debussy himself led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in his Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and was met at the stage door by an applauding crowd after the performance. Stravinsky made his first guest appearance with the orchestra in 1924, after which he returned regularly. He conducted his Sacre twice in a single day in 1926 to long and loud ovations.
Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 11, 12 & 19 January 2017