Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Les Noces

Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Les Noces

by Robert Craft
     
 
This Naxos disc is a coupling of two recordings originally issued by Koch. Both the recordings were part of Robert Craft's continuation of the complete Stravinsky edition he had begun on MusicMasters. Craft's second "Oedipus Rex" is less than entirely compelling. Martyn Hill is a virile Oedipus and

Overview

This Naxos disc is a coupling of two recordings originally issued by Koch. Both the recordings were part of Robert Craft's continuation of the complete Stravinsky edition he had begun on MusicMasters. Craft's second "Oedipus Rex" is less than entirely compelling. Martyn Hill is a virile Oedipus and Jennifer Lane is a noble Jocasta, but Craft is a bit too restrained in his rhetoric and a tad too reserved in his dramatics. Craft's fourth "Les Noces" is less than exciting. The vocalists are lusty, the pianists are potent, and the percussionists are precise, but Craft is less than commanding and the performance lacks point and thrust. Naxos' sound sounds just like Koch's sound: crisp, clean, and direct. For an overwhelmingly dramatic "Oedipus Rex," try Esa-Pekka Salonen's recording with the Swedish Radio Symphony and Anne-Sofie von Otter. For an unbearably exciting "Les Noces," try Stravinsky's recording with Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, and Roger Sessions as the pianists.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313249923
catalogNumber:
8557499
Rank:
214316

Tracks

  1. Oedipus Rex, opera-oratorio in 2 acts  - Igor Stravinsky  - Joseph Cornwell  - Robert Craft  - Martyn Hill  - Jennifer Lane  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - David Wilson-Johnson  - Andrew Greenan  - Edward Fox  -  Simon Joly Male Chorus  - Louis Welden Hawkins  -  Simon Joly Male Chorus
  2. Les Noces III (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus, 4 pianos & percussion  - Igor Stravinsky  - Susan Bickley  - Robert Craft  - Alan Ewing  - Martyn Hill  - Alison Wells  -  Simon Joly Chorale  - Louis Welden Hawkins  -  International Piano Quartet  -  Tristan Fry Percussion Ensemble

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