Stravinsky: Histoire du Soldat (Suite); Renard

Stravinsky: Histoire du Soldat (Suite); Renard

by Robert Craft
     
 
Previously released by Music Masters and Koch International, the performances on this 2007 Naxos compilation are serviceable presentations of several of Igor Stravinsky's short works, worth having because a number of these are fairly obscure pieces, seldom recorded. While the suite from "Histoire du Soldat" (1918) and the burlesque "Renard" (1916) are the two most

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Previously released by Music Masters and Koch International, the performances on this 2007 Naxos compilation are serviceable presentations of several of Igor Stravinsky's short works, worth having because a number of these are fairly obscure pieces, seldom recorded. While the suite from "Histoire du Soldat" (1918) and the burlesque "Renard" (1916) are the two most significant offerings here, and recorded more frequently than the other selections, such instrumental miniatures as the "Pastorale" (1924), the "Three Pieces for clarinet" (1918), and the "Scherzo à la Russe" (1944, in its original version for jazz band) help fill in gaps between Stravinsky's major works; and vocal gems such as "Pribaoutki" (1914), "Berceuses du Chat" (1915), the "Two Balmont Songs" (1911), and the "Three Japanese Lyrics" (1913) give clear examples of the composer's idiosyncratic approaches to text setting. One problem with this collection is its unavoidable unevenness, due to its ever-changing instrumentation, sudden shifts of moods and styles, and variability of sound quality from track to track. The performances, led by Robert Craft, are respectable efforts, though none are really outstanding for brilliant playing or definitive interpretations; and the album itself seems rather like an appendix. Recorded between 1991 and 2001 in various venues, the reproduction is decent and fully audible throughout, though some volume adjustments may be necessary, particularly at the end with the somewhat booming rendition of the "Song of the Volga Boatmen" (1917).

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313250523
catalogNumber:
8557505

Tracks

  1. Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet
  2. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments
  3. Pieces (3) for solo clarinet
  4. Pour Pablo Picasso, for clarinet
  5. Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano
  6. Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano
  7. Renard, opera-ballet (burlesque) for 4 vocal soloists & chamber orchestra
  8. Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra
  9. Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra)
  10. Scherzo à la Russe, for jazz band
  11. Song of the Volga Boatmen, for winds & percussion

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