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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: 292,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (3:17)
  2. 2–10 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments - William Blount & Igor Stravinsky (24:28)
  3. 11–13 Pieces (3) for solo clarinet - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (3:53)
  4. 12 Pour Pablo Picasso, for clarinet - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (0:32)
  5. 15–18 Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano - Katherine Ciesinski & Igor Stravinsky (3:58)
  6. 19–22 Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano - Katherine Ciesinski & Igor Stravinsky (3:45)
  7. 20 Renard, opera-ballet (burlesque) for 4 vocal soloists & chamber orchestra - John Aler & Igor Stravinsky (17:31)
  8. 24–25 Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra - Konstantin Balmont & Igor Stravinsky (3:08)
  9. 26–28 Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra) - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (3:46)
  10. 27 Scherzo à la Russe, for jazz band - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (3:37)
  11. 28 Song of the Volga Boatmen, for winds & percussion - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (1:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Craft Primary Artist
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