Stravinsky

Stravinsky

by Charles Dutoit
     
 

Charles Dutoit and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra made these recordings of music by Igor Stravinsky between 1984 and 1992, in the early years of digital reproduction. Thanks to splendid playing, brilliant engineering, and excellent acoustics, the recordings sound exceptional for their time, completely free of the shallowSee more details below

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Charles Dutoit and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra made these recordings of music by Igor Stravinsky between 1984 and 1992, in the early years of digital reproduction. Thanks to splendid playing, brilliant engineering, and excellent acoustics, the recordings sound exceptional for their time, completely free of the shallow and cold tone of many CDs of the era, and they are still competitive among later audiophile releases. Dutoit specialized in 20th century music, and his Stravinsky was praised for being especially responsive to the music's needs. This is why his recording of "L'oiseau de feu" can sound so lush and rich with impressionistic sonorities, while his account of "Apollon musagète" is as austere and sober as this neo-Classical ballet demands. In between these two works is almost the full range of Stravinsky's varied styles and expressions, except for the absence of his religious music and the lack of his late twelve-tone works. For anyone starting to appreciate Stravinsky, knowing the early ballets -- "L'oiseau de feu," "Petrushka," and "Le Sacre du printemps" -- is de rigueur, and Dutoit's renditions are superb. The other early works, such as "Feu d'artifice," "Scherzo fantastique," and "Chant du rossignol," round out the portrait of the young Stravinsky, and the "Symphonies of Wind Instruments" and "Four Etudes" provide a transition to the middle neo-Classical period. This is amply represented on the fourth CD, which presents the "Concerto in E flat major, Dumbarton Oaks," the "Danses concertantes," the "Concerto in D," and "Apollon musagète." The dry, "objective" tone Stravinsky favored in this style is accurately rendered in these crisp performances with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, and Dutoit's interpretations are idiomatic and exciting.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Newton Classics
UPC:
8718247710133
catalogNumber:
8802013
Rank:
222211

Tracks

  1. Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Sinfonietta De Montreal  - Jan Martin Wilschut
  2. Danses concertantes, for chamber orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Sinfonietta De Montreal  - Jan Martin Wilschut
  3. Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks")  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Sinfonietta De Montreal  - Jan Martin Wilschut
  4. Concerto in D, for string orchestra in D major ("Basel Concerto")  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Sinfonietta De Montreal  - Jan Martin Wilschut
  5. Fireworks (Feu D'artifice), fantasy for orchestra, Op. 4  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Jan Martin Wilschut
  6. Scherzo fantastique, for orchestra, Op. 3  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Jan Martin Wilschut
  7. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Jan Martin Wilschut
  8. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version)  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  - Robert Early  - Timothy Hutchins  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Jan Martin Wilschut  - James Chompson  - Armas Maiste  - Ellis Wean
  9. Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale), symphonic poem for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  - Robert Early  - Timothy Hutchins  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Jan Martin Wilschut  - James Chompson  - Armas Maiste  - Ellis Wean
  10. Etudes (4) for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  - Robert Early  - Timothy Hutchins  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Jan Martin Wilschut  - James Chompson  - Armas Maiste  - Ellis Wean
  11. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  - Robert Early  - Timothy Hutchins  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Jan Martin Wilschut  - James Chompson  - Armas Maiste  - Ellis Wean
  12. Symphonies of Wind Instruments, for 23 wind instruments (1947 version)  - Igor Stravinsky  - Charles Dutoit  - Robert Early  - Timothy Hutchins  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Jan Martin Wilschut  - James Chompson  - Armas Maiste  - Ellis Wean

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