Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Concert Performances 1951-1957

Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Concert Performances 1951-1957

by Igor Stravinsky
     
 

Music & Arts' Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Concert Performances 1951-1957 literally picks up where the previous release of this kind -- Igor Stravinsky Conducts His Own Works -- left off. Taken from radio tapes of concerts, primarily of German origin, these performances are lovingly restored by expert transfer engineer Maggi…  See more details below

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Music & Arts' Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Concert Performances 1951-1957 literally picks up where the previous release of this kind -- Igor Stravinsky Conducts His Own Works -- left off. Taken from radio tapes of concerts, primarily of German origin, these performances are lovingly restored by expert transfer engineer Maggi Payne. The entire first disc is devoted to Stravinsky's appearance with the South German Radio Orchestra in April 1955; the second begins with an incomplete "Petrushka" with the same orchestra in October 1951, "Agon" with them again in 1957, and finally a "Pulcinella Suite" with the Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana in Lugarno, Switzerland, in 1954. Stravinsky's own shortcomings as a conductor -- which helps make his commercial recorded output for CBS Records the jumble that it is -- is well noted, and Frederick J. Maroth's excellently well-considered liner notes are not only up front about that, but addresses in some detail about the effect of Stravinsky's weaknesses on musicians in various places. With the live recordings of Stravinsky, the quality of the legacy is similarly uneven. However, sometimes he rises to the occasion, and Stravinsky does tend to accentuate details in his own music that no one else seems to favor. There are many other reasons why these live Stravinsky recordings are historically valuable, with certain performances being even preferable to the CBS studio recordings, though not so in every case. This set concentrates on Stravinsky's work with the South German Radio Orchestra, normally led by Hans Rosbaud, who was sympathetic to Stravinsky's music and performed it often; this orchestra was usually well prepared in a given piece even before Stravinsky arrived to lead it himself. The "Violin Concerto," which opens the first disc, however, doesn't really get off the ground; it lacks a strong soloist and Stravinsky seems not ready for prime time. However, the remainder of the disc -- from "Le baiser de la Fee" on -- is very satisfying; Stravinsky seems growingly determined to deliver the goods, and these are driven, spontaneous readings, which in the "Four Etudes for Orchestra" is an especially positive contributing factor. The second disc opens with a 1951 "Petrushka" that is missing its opening. This is a pity, as this is clearly Stravinsky's most successful recording of "Petrushka," a work he had little success with in the studio. In this reading, Stravinsky emphasizes the rhythm of the piece more than anything else, sacrificing some measure of color in favor of weight and employing an unmistakably Slavic accent -- it is fairly like Igor Markevitch's foreshortened "Petrushka" for EMI in terms of energy and drive. One work Stravinsky never seemed to have much trouble conducting was his last ballet, "Agon." Here, it's an interesting tug of war; the German orchestra keeps pulling the piece into the twelve-tone idiom of Webern -- at least the way Webern was played in the 1950s -- whereas Stravinsky keeps trying to win them back to his own, more Dadaistic conception of the work, and the tension generated by this conflict is incredible. The concluding "Pulcinella" with the Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana is a genuine delight. This genuinely Italian-styled reading lifts the piece out of its neo-classical moorings into something that almost sounds like the eighteenth century music that Stravinsky was seeking to imitate, albeit delivered in the manner in which European orchestras typically interpreted such music in this pre-period conscious era. The mono German radio recordings are sonically constricted to some extent, though the sound is consistently clear, and in the "Petrushka" fragment, strikingly powerful. The "Pulcinella Suite" with the Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana is in excellent sound for the time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
Label:
Music & Arts Program
UPC:
0017685121128
catalogNumber:
1211

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Heinz Stanske  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  2. Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra: Scene 1. Prologue. Andante  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  3. Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra: Scene 2. A Village Fête  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  4. Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra: Scene 3. By the Mill. Moderato  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  5. Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra: 4. Pas de Deux B. Adagio  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  6. Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra: 5. C. Variation. Allegretto grazioso  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  7. Etudes (4) for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  8. Concerto in D, for string orchestra in D major ("Basel Concerto")  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  9. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Part 1. Shrovetide Fair. Vivace  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  10. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Danse Russe. Allegro giusto  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  11. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Part 2. Petrushka. Impetuoso  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  12. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Part 4. The Shrove-tide Fair and the Death of Petr  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  13. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Wet-nurses' Dance. Allegretto  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  14. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Peasant with Bear. Tempo giusto  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  15. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Gypsies and a Rake Vendor  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  16. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Dance of the Coachmen. Allegro moderato  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  17. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Masqueraders. L'istesso tempo ma poco a poco agita  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Maria Bergmann  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  18. Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  -  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton
  19. Pulcinella, suite for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Lukas Foss  - Claudio Spies  - Elliott Carter  - Igor Stravinsky  - Igor Stravinsky  - Robert Craft  - Samuel Dushkin  - William Malloch  - Art Lange  -  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana  - Nigel Simeone  - Lawrence Morton

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