Igor Stravinsky: A Portrait

Igor Stravinsky: A Portrait

     
 
Since Naxos acquired a large number of Stravinsky recordings from Koch International Classics and MusicMasters, it's in a fine position to release two discs' worth of performances for this 2008 compilation, Igor Stravinsky: A Portrait, a survey that is quite representative of the composer's highly varied oeuvre. Ranging from "The

Overview

Since Naxos acquired a large number of Stravinsky recordings from Koch International Classics and MusicMasters, it's in a fine position to release two discs' worth of performances for this 2008 compilation, Igor Stravinsky: A Portrait, a survey that is quite representative of the composer's highly varied oeuvre. Ranging from "The Firebird" (1910) to the "Requiem Canticles" (1966), this compilation of excerpts crams in as much of Stravinsky's music as would make a worthwhile presentation, though without lingering too long over any single work. Newcomers should be aware that the selections are very short pieces or sections of much longer works, so if certain examples appeal, the full works are available on the label's multi-volume series or on many other recordings. One may actually choose to sample the pieces here first, but shop around for better recordings elsewhere, since the playing on these tracks is not always the most polished or attractive, despite the best intentions of the most represented conductor, Robert Craft, or the other musicians assembled here; however, the recording quality in most cases is fine to exceptional. The two discs are accompanied by a hefty booklet that provides ample biographical information, rarely seen photographs, and background for the works.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Naxos Educational
UPC:
0636943818626
catalogNumber:
8558186-87

Tracks

  1. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Introduction
  2. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene I: Night. Kashchey's Enchanted Garden
  3. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene I: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsar
  4. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene I: The Firebird's Dance
  5. Petrushka, movements (3) for piano: Movement 1: Danse Russe
  6. Petrushka, movements (3) for piano: Movement 2: Chez Pétrouchka
  7. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Introduction
  8. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. The Augurs of
  9. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Ritual of Abdu
  10. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Spring Rounds
  11. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Ritual of the
  12. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Procession of
  13. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. The Sage
  14. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Dance of the E
  15. Pieces (3) for string quartet: No. 1
  16. Pieces (3) for string quartet: No. 2
  17. Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano
  18. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Tango
  19. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Valse
  20. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Ragtime
  21. Les Noces I (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: Scene 4: The Wedding Feast
  22. Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Polidoro. Il Flaminio (Serenata - Larghetto
  23. Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Trio Sonata. Movement 2 (Scherzino)
  24. Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Trio Sonata. Movement 3 (Allegro)
  25. Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Trio Sonata. Movement 8 (Andantino)
  26. Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Vanella. Lo frante 'nnammorato. (Allegro)
  27. Symphonies of Wind Instruments, for 24 wind instruments (1920 version)
  28. Sonata for piano: Movement 2: Adagietto
  29. Otche Nash' (Pater Noster), for chorus
  30. Oedipus Rex, opera-oratorio in 2 acts: Epilogue
  31. Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra: Pas de deux: Apollo and Terpsichore
  32. Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra: Coda: Apollo and the Muses
  33. Symphony of Psalms, for chorus & orchestra: Movement 3: Psalm 150
  34. Concerto for 2 solo pianos: Movement I: Con moto
  35. Violin Concerto in D major: Movement 3: Aria
  36. Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks"): Movement I: Tempo giusto
  37. Tango, for piano
  38. Danses concertantes, for chamber orchestra: March - Introduction
  39. Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra: Movement 3: Con moto
  40. Concerto in D, for string orchestra in D major ("Basel Concerto"): Movement 2: Arioso
  41. Mass, for chorus & double wind quintet: Sanctus
  42. Orpheus, ballet in 3 scenes for orchestra: Scene 3: Apotheosis
  43. The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts: 'I was never saner'
  44. The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts: 'I burn! I freze!'
  45. Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra: Second pas de trois: Bransle simple
  46. Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra: Bransle gay
  47. Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra: Bransle double (Bransle de Pitou)
  48. Canticum Sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis, cantata for 2 soloists, chorus & orchestra: Movement 2. Surge, aquilo
  49. Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: Libera me
  50. Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: Postlude

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