Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
This is one of the true jewels of the Vanguard catalog; Leopold Stokowski's 1967 recording of Igor Stravinsky's "L'histoire du soldat." It features actors Madeleine Milhaud then-wife of composer Darius Milhaud, Jean Pierre Aumont, and baritone Martial Singher portraying playwright C.F. Ramuz's spoken dialogue as Narrator, Soldier, and Devil, respectively. In its original LP form, this "L'histoire du soldat" was paired with an equivalent French-language version featuring the same cast. It was the first commercial recording made in America with Dolby noise-reduction technology, which had just become available. The never-named "instrumental ensemble" consisted of players ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
This is one of the true jewels of the Vanguard catalog; Leopold Stokowski's 1967 recording of Igor Stravinsky's "L'histoire du soldat." It features actors Madeleine Milhaud then-wife of composer Darius Milhaud, Jean Pierre Aumont, and baritone Martial Singher portraying playwright C.F. Ramuz's spoken dialogue as Narrator, Soldier, and Devil, respectively. In its original LP form, this "L'histoire du soldat" was paired with an equivalent French-language version featuring the same cast. It was the first commercial recording made in America with Dolby noise-reduction technology, which had just become available. The never-named "instrumental ensemble" consisted of players hand-picked from among the best musicians in New York, and the 85-year-old Stokowski leads them with an energy and power that would be the envy of a conductor less than half his age. He is a bit more subdued here than in his "L'histoire du soldat suite," a separate Vanguard recording made on the same occasion, but that might be so as not to show up the actors. One drawback about this performance is that Aumont's English is heavily accented and a little hard to understand at times, and since 1967 a small number of other English versions of "L'histoire du soldat" have appeared. Nevertheless, the quality of the acting here is outstanding, and in the case of Madeleine Milhaud, authoritative, as Stravinsky personally put his stamp of approval on her performances. This CD version of L'histoire du soldat is out of print. Artemis Classics has reissued L'histoire du soldat in a Hybrid SACD form that is to be preferred over all others.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/1993
  • Label: Vanguard Classics
  • UPC: 723918800424
  • Catalog Number: 8004

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leopold Stokowski Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously