Igor Stravinsky: A Portrait

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Naxos Educational
  • UPC: 636943818626
  • Catalog Number: 8558186-87
  • Sales rank: 307,304

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Introduction - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (2:32)
  2. 2 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene I: Night. Kashchey's Enchanted Garden - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:40)
  3. 3 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene I: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsar - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (2:16)
  4. 4 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene I: The Firebird's Dance - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:20)
  5. 5 Petrushka, movements (3) for piano: Movement 1: Danse Russe - Igor Stravinsky & Peter Hill (2:19)
  6. 6 Petrushka, movements (3) for piano: Movement 2: Chez Pétrouchka - Igor Stravinsky & Peter Hill (4:38)
  7. 7 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Introduction - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:32)
  8. 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 - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:14)
  9. 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 - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:22)
  10. 10 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Spring Rounds - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:11)
  11. 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 - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:52)
  12. 12 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. Procession of - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (0:40)
  13. 13 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth. The Sage - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (0:28)
  14. 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 - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:21)
  15. 15 Pieces (3) for string quartet: No. 1 - Igor Stravinsky & Goldner String Quartet (0:55)
  16. 16 Pieces (3) for string quartet: No. 2 - Igor Stravinsky & Goldner String Quartet (2:15)
  17. 17–20 Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano - Igor Stravinsky & Brett Kelly (4:08)
  18. 18 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Tango - Igor Stravinsky & Northern Chamber Orchestra (2:08)
  19. 19 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Valse - Igor Stravinsky & Northern Chamber Orchestra (1:55)
  20. 20 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Ragtime - Igor Stravinsky & Northern Chamber Orchestra (2:13)
  21. 21 Les Noces I (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: Scene 4: The Wedding Feast - Igor Stravinsky & Susan Bickley (10:10)
  22. 22 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Polidoro. Il Flaminio (Serenata - Larghetto - Igor Stravinsky & Ian Bostridge (2:57)
  23. 23 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Trio Sonata. Movement 2 (Scherzino) - Igor Stravinsky & Ian Bostridge (1:50)
  24. 24 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Trio Sonata. Movement 3 (Allegro) - Igor Stravinsky & Ian Bostridge (1:12)
  25. 25 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Trio Sonata. Movement 8 (Andantino) - Igor Stravinsky & Ian Bostridge (1:31)
  26. 26 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Act 1. Vanella. Lo frante 'nnammorato. (Allegro) - Igor Stravinsky & Ian Bostridge (1:50)
  27. 27 Symphonies of Wind Instruments, for 24 wind instruments (1920 version) - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (7:57)
  28. 28 Sonata for piano: Movement 2: Adagietto - Igor Stravinsky & Peter Hill (5:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Otche Nash' (Pater Noster), for chorus - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:26)
  2. 2 Oedipus Rex, opera-oratorio in 2 acts: Epilogue - Igor Stravinsky & Joseph Cornwell (6:42)
  3. 3 Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra: Pas de deux: Apollo and Terpsichore - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (4:06)
  4. 4 Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra: Coda: Apollo and the Muses - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:29)
  5. 5 Symphony of Psalms, for chorus & orchestra: Movement 3: Psalm 150 - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (11:38)
  6. 6 Concerto for 2 solo pianos: Movement I: Con moto - Igor Stravinsky & Benjamin Frith (5:49)
  7. 7 Violin Concerto in D major: Movement 3: Aria - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (5:06)
  8. 8 Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks"): Movement I: Tempo giusto - Igor Stravinsky & Northern Chamber Orchestra (4:58)
  9. 9 Tango, for piano - Igor Stravinsky & Peter Hill (3:40)
  10. 10 Danses concertantes, for chamber orchestra: March - Introduction - Igor Stravinsky & Bournemouth Sinfonietta (2:11)
  11. 11 Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra: Movement 3: Con moto - Igor Stravinsky & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (6:09)
  12. 12 Concerto in D, for string orchestra in D major ("Basel Concerto"): Movement 2: Arioso - Igor Stravinsky & Bournemouth Sinfonietta (2:50)
  13. 13 Mass, for chorus & double wind quintet: Sanctus - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:21)
  14. 14 Orpheus, ballet in 3 scenes for orchestra: Scene 3: Apotheosis - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (2:41)
  15. 15 The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts: 'I was never saner' - Igor Stravinsky & Munich Radio Orchestra (4:11)
  16. 16 The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts: 'I burn! I freze!' - Igor Stravinsky & Munich Radio Orchestra (1:52)
  17. 17 Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra: Second pas de trois: Bransle simple - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (0:54)
  18. 18 Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra: Bransle gay - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (0:45)
  19. 19 Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra: Bransle double (Bransle de Pitou) - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:28)
  20. 20 Canticum Sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis, cantata for 2 soloists, chorus & orchestra: Movement 2. Surge, aquilo - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (2:28)
  21. 21 Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: Libera me - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:17)
  22. 22 Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: Postlude - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (2:07)
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