Stravinsky

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 7/27/2010
  • Label: Newton Classics
  • EAN: 8718247710133
  • Catalog Number: 8802013
  • Sales rank: 152,507

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (35:20)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre
    2. 2Part 2: Le Sacrifice
  2. 3 Symphonies of Wind Instruments, for 23 wind instruments (1947 version) - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (9:04)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version) - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (34:41)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Scene 1: The Shrovetide Fair
    2. 2Scene 2: In Petrushka's Room
    3. 3Scene 3: In the Moor's Room
    4. 4Scene 4: The Shrovetide Fair (evening)
  2. 5–7 Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale), symphonic poem for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (20:56)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    1. 5Introduction
    2. 6Chinese March
    3. 7The Mechanical Nightingale's Game
  3. 8–11 Etudes (4) for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (9:42)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    1. 8 Danse
    2. 9 Excentrique
    3. 10 Cantique
    4. 11 Madrid
Disc 3
  1. 1–15 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (46:39)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Introduction
    2. 2Tableau 1. Kashchey's enchanted garden
    3. 3Tableau 1. Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
    4. 4Tableau 1. Dance of the Firebird
    5. 5Tableau 1. Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
    6. 6Tableau 1. Supplications of the Firebird
    7. 7Tableau 1. The princesses' game with the golden apples (Scherzo)
    8. 8Tableau 1. Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich
    9. 9Tableau 1. The princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance)
    10. 10Tableau 1. Daybreak - Ivan Tsarevich enters Kashchey's palace
    11. 11Tableau 1. Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchey's guardian monsters and capture of Ivan Tsarevich
    12. 12Tableau 1. Dance of Kashchey's retinue under Firebird's spell
    13. 13Tableau 1. Infernal dance of all Kashchey's subjects
    14. 14Tableau 1. Lullaby (Firebird) - Kashchey's awakening - Kashchey's death - Complete darkness
    15. 15Tableau 2. Disappearance of the palace and dissolution of Kashchey's enchantments, animation of the
  2. 16 Scherzo fantastique, for orchestra, Op. 3 - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (12:08)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  3. 17 Fireworks (Feu D'artifice), fantasy for orchestra, Op. 4 - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (3:55)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks") - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (15:00)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Sinfonietta De Montreal
    1. 1 Tempo giusto
    2. 2 Allegretto
    3. 3 Con moto
  2. 4–8 Danses concertantes, for chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (19:46)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Sinfonietta De Montreal
    1. 4 Marche - Introduction
    2. 5 Pas d'action
    3. 6 Thème varié
    4. 7 Pas de deux
    5. 8 Marche - Conclusion
  3. 9–11 Concerto in D, for string orchestra in D major ("Basel Concerto") - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (12:11)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Sinfonietta De Montreal
    1. 9 Vivace
    2. 10 Arioso
    3. 11 Rondo
  4. 12–21 Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Charles Dutoit (31:18)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Sinfonietta De Montreal
    1. 12Premier Tableau (prologue) Naissance d'Apollon
    2. 13Second Tableau. Variation d'Apollon
    3. 14Second Tableau. Pas d'action
    4. 15Second Tableau. Variation de Calliope
    5. 16Second Tableau. Variation de Polymnie
    6. 17Second Tableau. Variation de Terpsichore
    7. 18Second Tableau. Variation d'Apollon
    8. 19Second Tableau. Pas de deux
    9. 20Second Tableau. Coda
    10. 21Second Tableau. Apothéose
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Performance Credits
Charles Dutoit Primary Artist
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