Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky

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Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky

Awards:

Building a Library

First Choice - March 2013

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8112070
(8.112070)

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th Jan 2012

Barcode:

0636943207079

Length:

73 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky

1940 & 1946 Recordings


Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka - suite


Philharmonic-Symphony of New York, Igor Stravinsky

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Mark Obert-Thorn, producer and audio restoration engineer

This programme brings together the three great ballets which Stravinsky composed for Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev. These vibrantly atmospheric scores were all revised after their Parisian premières, and the 1945 version of the Firebird Suite was still brand new at the time of this recording. In what are widely considered to be the best of his commercial recordings of these works, Stravinsky the conductor brings out the expressive and vividly incisive rhythmic strengths of the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York.

Producer’s Note:

Igor Stravinsky made three sets of commercial recordings of his three great early ballet scores. The first was made in the late 1920s with rather ragged-sounding French and British ensembles and less conducting experience on the composer’s part. The last set was made in stereo in the early 1960s with a pick-up orchestra of Los Angeles musicians at a time when the conductor was at an advanced age. The present series, made midway between the other two, is generally considered his best. It features an ensemble of high quality (Barbirolli’s New York Philharmonic), and the composer is on his best podium form. These are generally considered to be the best of Igor Stravinsky’s own recorded versions of his great ballets. Collectors will want these historically significant audio documents in the most detailed sound possible, and renowned technician Mark Obert-Thorn’s tremendous work in audio restoration means this is exactly what they will find with this release.

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1945 version)

Ia. Introduction

Ib. Prelude and Dance of the Firebird. Ic. Variations - Firebird

II. Pas de deux - Firebird and Ivan Tsarevich

III. Scherzo - Dance of the Princesses

IV. Rondo - Khorovod

V. Infernal Dance

VI. Lullaby - Firebird

VII. Final Hymn

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka

Tableau 1: The Magic Trick

Tableau 1: Russian Dance

Tableau 2: Petrushka's Room

Tableau 4: Wet Nurses' Dance

Tableau 4: Peasant and Bear

Tableau 4: Dance of the Gipsy Girls

Tableau 4: Dance of the Coachmen and Ostlers

Tableau 4: The Masqueraders

Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the River Tribes

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Sage

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth

Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction

Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls

Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One

Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors

Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors

Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance

BBC Music Magazine

August 2012

*****

“Invaluable new transfers of Stravinsky on top form as a conductor. This electrifying performance is the finest of his Rite of Spring recordings, and the 1945 Firebird Suite is gripping.”

The Times

25th February 2012

***

“they certainly are exciting, not least because you sense the virtuosos of their day still struggling to master incredibly demanding new music. Forget the recording quality and revel in the rhythmic pungency.”

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