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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: 310,968

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Introduction - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (2:32)
  2. 2 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene I: Night. Kashchey's Enchanted Garden - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (2:16)
  4. 4 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Scene I: The Firebird's Dance - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Brett Kelly & Igor Stravinsky (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) - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (1:26)
  2. 2 Oedipus Rex, opera-oratorio in 2 acts: Epilogue - Joseph Cornwell & Igor Stravinsky (6:42)
  3. 3 Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra: Pas de deux: Apollo and Terpsichore - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (4:06)
  4. 4 Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra: Coda: Apollo and the Muses - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (3:29)
  5. 5 Symphony of Psalms, for chorus & orchestra: Movement 3: Psalm 150 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (11:38)
  6. 6 Concerto for 2 solo pianos: Movement I: Con moto - Benjamin Frith & Igor Stravinsky (5:49)
  7. 7 Violin Concerto in D major: Movement 3: Aria - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Bournemouth Sinfonietta & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Bournemouth Sinfonietta & Igor Stravinsky (2:50)
  13. 13 Mass, for chorus & double wind quintet: Sanctus - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (3:21)
  14. 14 Orpheus, ballet in 3 scenes for orchestra: Scene 3: Apotheosis - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (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 - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (0:54)
  18. 18 Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra: Bransle gay - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (0:45)
  19. 19 Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra: Bransle double (Bransle de Pitou) - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (1:28)
  20. 20 Canticum Sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis, cantata for 2 soloists, chorus & orchestra: Movement 2. Surge, aquilo - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (2:28)
  21. 21 Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: Libera me - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (1:17)
  22. 22 Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: Postlude - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (2:07)
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