Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, Three Russian Sacred Choruses & other choral works

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Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, Three Russian Sacred Choruses & other choral works



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2nd Oct 2006




72 minutes


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Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, Three Russian Sacred Choruses & other choral works


Pater Noster

Ave Maria





Symphony of Psalms

Mary Ann Hart (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Bogdan (tenor), Fred Sherry (cello), Stephen Taylor (oboe), Melanie Feld (oboe and cor anglais), Michael Parloff and Bart Feller (flutes) & David Wilson-Johnson (narrator)

The Simon Joly Chorale, The Gregg Smith Singers, Orchestra of St. Luke’s & Philharmonia Orchestra, Robert Craft



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Igor Stravinsky: Pater noster (Otche nash', Our Father)

Otche nash (Pater noster)

Igor Stravinsky: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Igor Stravinsky: Credo, "Simvol veri" (Symbol of faith)


Igor Stravinsky: Mass





Agnus Dei

Igor Stravinsky: Cantata

A Lyke-Wake Dirge (Versus I; Prelude)

Ricercar I: The Maidens Came

A Lyke-Wake Dirge (Versus II; 1st Interlude)

Ricercar II: Tomorrow Shall Be

A Lyke-Wake Dirge (Versus III; 2nd Interlude)

Westron Wind

A Lyke-Wake Dirge (Versus IV; Postlude)

Igor Stravinsky: Babel


Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

I. Psalm 38, verses 13 and 14

II. Psalm 39, verses 1 to 5

III. Psalm 150 (entire)

Classic FM Magazine

“Any Stravinsky recording making the point that the 20th century's paramount composer wrote more than just a few early ballet scores (however great those are) is resoundingly welcome, and even more so at Naxos's bargain price… If you're curious to explore beyond The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, don't hesitate.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“This superb collection duplicates the aurally fascinating Harmonia Mundi disc (see opposite) in the Cantata and the superb Mass in fine, authoritative performances from Robert Craft.
He does not have the advantage of Carolyn Sampson among his soloists but he does have excellent choral singing, and in the glorious Symphony of Psalms the Philharmonia Orchestra on top form. This is the highlight of the programme, a superbly structured account, rich in lyrical feeling, building to the frisson-creating 'Alleluias' of the closing section. The Cantata is finely sung and played, with characteristically clear instrumental detail, and the mini-cantata Babel, with its spoken narration and choral responses, is also a success.
The programme opens with three brief Russian sacred chorales which are immediately appealing and as idomatic as one can expect from non-Russian singers. The recordings were made over a decade between 1992 and 2002 and are of good quality, with the Symphony of Psalms (2001) – made at Abbey Road – standing out on all counts. Craft is obviously uplifted by the music of the composer's supreme vocal masterpiece.
As always with Naxos, excellent documentation, with the detailed notes provided by Craft himself. A bargain!”

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