The three great Stravinsky ballets plus major works such as the Symphonies of Wind Instruments, ‘Dumbarton Oaks’, Apollon musagète, and Le Chant du Rossignol in performances under the baton of Charles Dutoit, recognised as one of the greatest interpreters of this repertoire. These 4 CDs provide a superb introduction to one of the greatest 20th-century composers in critically acclaimed recordings.
Recordings made in the 1980s and 1990s in the acoustically renowned Montreal Church of St Eustache.
New booklet notes addressing Stravinsky’s career and special aptitude for the ballet.
‘The first big advantage of this new Dutoit version of the complete Firebird is that it provides substantial and very apt couplings, over an hour’s music in all, ravishingly played and superbly recorded.’ Gramophone review of Firebird, Scherzo fantastique, Feu d’artifice, October 1986
‘So far as recording quality is concerned, this new release is quite outstanding … The playing of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is first-rate in every department … The strings are rich in sonority, the wind-playing flawless, and phrasing throughout is sensitive. Take almost any section of the record and play it to a visiting friend and it will excite unqualified admiration both for orchestral playing and recording.’ Gramophone reviewing Le Sacre du Printemps in April 1985
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