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… See more details below

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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).

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313250523
catalogNumber:
8557505
Rank:
370299

Tracks

  1. Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet  - Igor Stravinsky  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  - Melanie Feld  - Frank Morelli  - Charles Neidich  - Rolf Schulte  - Stephen Taylor  - R. Burness
  2. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments  - Igor Stravinsky  - William Blount  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  - John Feeney  - Christopher Gekker  - Gordon Gottlieb  - Frank Morelli  -  Michael Powell  - Rolf Schulte  - R. Burness
  3. Pieces (3) for solo clarinet  - Igor Stravinsky  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  - Charles Neidich  - R. Burness
  4. Pour Pablo Picasso, for clarinet  - Igor Stravinsky  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  - Charles Neidich  - R. Burness
  5. Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano  - Igor Stravinsky  - Katherine Ciesinski  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  -  Members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's  - R. Burness  -  Orchestra of St. Luke's, members of
  6. Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano  - Igor Stravinsky  - Katherine Ciesinski  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  -  Members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's  - R. Burness  -  Orchestra of St. Luke's, members of
  7. Renard, opera-ballet (burlesque) for 4 vocal soloists & chamber orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - John Aler  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  - Daniel Druckman  - David Evitts  - Gordon Gottlieb  - Daniel Grabois  - Alan R. Kay  - Frank Morelli  - Tara Helen O'Connor  - Tara Helen O'Connor  - Wilbur Pauley  - William Purvis  - Fred Sherry  - Stephen Taylor  - Stephen Taylor  - Jennifer Frautschi  - Thomas Kolor  - Kurt Muroki  - Richard O'Neill  - Louis Hanzlik  - Chris Dean  - R. Burness  - Steven Spiers  - David Bowlin
  8. Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Konstantin Balmont  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  - Susan Narucki  -  Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble  - R. Burness
  9. Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra)  - Igor Stravinsky  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  - Susan Narucki  -  Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble  - R. Burness
  10. Scherzo à la Russe, for jazz band  - Igor Stravinsky  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  -  Orchestra of St. Luke's  - R. Burness
  11. Song of the Volga Boatmen, for winds & percussion  - Igor Stravinsky  - Robert Craft  - Robert Craft  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - R. Burness

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