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Igor Stravinsky "Le sacre du printemps" (excerpts)

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Uploaded on Aug 17, 2007

Conductor Paul Mauffray with the Brno Philharmonic performing Igor Stravinsky's "Le sacre du printemps" in March of 2005.

For this engagement, I was called on 24 hours to replace another conductor, and this was my first appearance with this orchestra. One of my favorite spots in this video is at 3:25-26 where you can see up close that one of the violins has ripped some hair loose from the bow!

For those of you who are familiar with the score, I should mention that I chose to conduct two spots (2:22 & 2:37) according to the original notation as opposed to the simpler method changed in the Boosey & Hawkes edition to constant bars of 9/8. This was done on the personal advice of Claudio Abbado who said that "if you can conduct the more complicated Danse Sacrale, then why simplify these two bars which aren't that difficult as originally notated"!

(This video upload on youtube still seems to have a slight problem with sychonization of sound and image.)

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