I was particularly taken with a recent and surprisingly effective recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, with David Bernard conducting the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (CD, Recursive Classics RC2057001; download from ClassicsOnline.com). The PACS bulked up to 100 players to record this in a relatively small space at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, in Manhattan. The recording provides an opportunity to hear into this icon of 20th-century music. The REF600Ms made sure no detail was lost, and Bernard leads this semiprofessional band in an affecting performance. Local guys make really good.

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