Igor Stravin­sky – The Rite of Spring To test co­he­sion

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You might need to towel your­self down af­ter this one, such is the power on show. Stravin­sky him­self re­ferred to the end of this piece as “a noise”, and who are we to ar­gue?

It cer­tainly builds to a ca­coph­ony of in­stru­ments, with omi­nous, pound­ing drums keep­ing the fo­cus as the rest of the orches­tra seem­ingly bat­tles for supremacy. An­gry strings and rasp­ing brass de­mand power and pre­ci­sion, and prob­a­bly an apol­ogy to your neigh­bours.

Also Try Jo­hann Strauss II The Blue Danube

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