Stravinsky: Histoire du Soldat (Suite); Renard

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313250523
  • Catalog Number: 8557505
  • Sales rank: 191,147

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:17)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft
  2. 2–10 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments - Igor Stravinsky & William Blount (24:28)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft, Gordon Gottlieb
    1. 2The Soldier's March
    2. 3Music to Scene I
    3. 4Music to Scene II (Pastorale)
    4. 5Royal March (Pasadoble)
    5. 6Little March
    6. 7Three Dances: Tango - Waltz - Ragtime
    7. 8The Devil's Dance
    8. 9Petit/Grand Chorale
    9. 10Triumphal March of the Devil
  3. 11–13 Pieces (3) for solo clarinet - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:53)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft
    1. 11 Sempre piano e molto tranquillo: quarter (crochet) = 52
    2. 12 Quarter (crotchet) = 168
    3. 13 Quarter (crochet) = 160
  4. 14 Pour Pablo Picasso, for clarinet - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (0:32)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft
  5. 15–18 Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano - Igor Stravinsky & Katherine Ciesinski (3:58)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byKatherine Ciesinski, Robert Craft, Members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orchestra of St. Luke's, members of
    1. 15Kornilo
    2. 16Natashka
    3. 17Colonel
    4. 18The Old Man and the Hare
  6. 19–22 Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano - Igor Stravinsky & Katherine Ciesinski (3:45)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byKatherine Ciesinski, Robert Craft, Members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orchestra of St. Luke's, members of
    1. 19 The tom-cat
    2. 20 The tom-cat on the stove
    3. 21 Bye-bye
    4. 22 O tom-cat, tom-cat
  7. 23 Renard, opera-ballet (burlesque) for 4 vocal soloists & chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & John Aler (17:31)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byJohn Aler, Robert Craft, Daniel Druckman, David Evitts, Wilbur Pauley, Thomas Kolor, Steven Spiers
  8. 24–25 Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Konstantin Balmont (3:08)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft, Susan Narucki
    1. 24The Flower
    2. 25The Dove
  9. 26–28 Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra) - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:46)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft, Susan Narucki
    1. 26Akahito
    2. 27Mazatsumi
    3. 28Tsaraiuki
  10. 29 Scherzo à la Russe, for jazz band - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (3:37)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft, Orchestra of St. Luke's
  11. 30 Song of the Volga Boatmen, for winds & percussion - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (1:20)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft, New Philharmonia Orchestra
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Performance Credits
Robert Craft Primary Artist
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