Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Stravinsky: Les Noces

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Stravinsky: Les Noces


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8th January 2016

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Stravinsky: Les Noces


Les Noces

Nadine Koutcher (soprano), Natalya Buklaga, Vasiliy Korostelev, Stanislav Leontieff, MusicAeterna


Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)



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Testament to the versatility and musical command that Teodor Currentzis and his unique orchestra and choir possess, this new album brings together two diverse masterworks from two titans of Russian music. Although they have been acquainted for a long time prior, this recording represents the first musical collaboration between Teodor Currentzis and the exceptional violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The instant artistic rapport (an “artistic wedding” of sorts) between these two maverick musicians can be heard in this dynamic new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto - one of the most popular works in the violin repertory. Currentzis’ authentic approach to the folk influences in Stravinsky’s music (as revealed in Le Sacre du Printemps) is again very present in his interpretation of Les Noces. This work for percussion, pianists, chorus, and vocal soloists - originally composed as ballet music - is probably one of Stravinsky’s most rarely recorded works. The work is based on a Russian peasant wedding, which the cover artwork references. Exceptional to this new recording is that the MusicAeterna choir members are all native-Russian speakers who bring another level of understanding and authenticity to the work. After her prominent participation in the “Rameau – The Sound of Light” recording, Nadine Koutcher – freshly crowned “2015 Cardiff Singer of the Year” - returns to sing the leading soprano solo part in Les Noces.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D Major

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D Major: I. Allegro moderato

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D Major: II. Canzonetta. Andante

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D Major: III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo

Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces

Stravinsky: Les Noces: Scene 1: The Tresses (At the Brides's House)

Stravinsky: Les Noces: Scene 2: At the Bridegroom's House

Stravinsky: Les Noces: Scene 3: The Departure of the Bride

Stravinsky: Les Noces: Scene 4: The Wedding Feast

The Guardian

31st January 2016


“[Les Noces] is gritty and intelligent and greatly enhanced by having an all-Russian cast of singers, chorus and players.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2016

“Teodor Currentzis and his Perm orchestra MusicAeterna are on pungent form in the Stravinsky, a worthy successor to their terrific Rite of Spring.”

BBC Music Magazine


“The force of personality, conviction and unanimity of intention with which the musical argument is projected completely bowled me over”

Presto Classical

David Smith

8th January 2016

“Their tempi are idiosyncratic, to say the least: often on the fast side, but with occasional moments where it suddenly slows right down for just a few bars, and her playing incorporates all kinds of fireworks – dazzling acrobatic spiccato, adventurous rubato playfulness and more...If you like your Tchaikovsky traditional and sedate then this may not be the performance for you, but if you want to be taken on a thrilling seat-of-the-pants ride by a master virtuoso then look no further!”

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