Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring: The Nightingale

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring: The Nightingale

by Robert Craft
     
 

First released on MusicMasters and Koch International Classics in the '90s, Robert Craft's Stravinsky recordings remain the preferred modern editions of the music. Not only was Craft Stravinsky's musical amanuensis for the last 20 years of his life, he later became a superb conductor in his own right and the combination in his mentor'sSee more details below

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First released on MusicMasters and Koch International Classics in the '90s, Robert Craft's Stravinsky recordings remain the preferred modern editions of the music. Not only was Craft Stravinsky's musical amanuensis for the last 20 years of his life, he later became a superb conductor in his own right and the combination in his mentor's music is unbeatable. In this 1995 recording of the 1947 version "Le Sacre du printemps" with the London Symphony, Craft turns in a performance more about rhythm than harmony and more about mass than color, but a performance that nevertheless captures the work's barbaric musical aesthetic. In this 1997 recording of the one-act opera "Le Rossignol" with the Philharmonia, Craft creates one of the few truly successful performances of the work, one that captures both the sumptuous sensuality of its opening scene and the edgy angularity of its closing scene. Craft also has the advantage of tremendous singers on his side: tenor Robert Tear as the Fisherman, bass-baritone Paul Whelan as the Emperor of China, and especially soprano altissimo Olga Trifonova as the Nightingale. With staggering sound plus Craft's lucid notes and a complete libretto, this release is another superb addition to Naxos' reissues of Craft's Stravinsky recordings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313250127
catalogNumber:
8557501
Rank:
379456

Tracks

  1. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - Robert Craft  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  2. Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts  - Igor Stravinsky  - Sally Burgess  - Robert Craft  - Peter Hall  -  London Voices  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Simon Preece  - Stephen Richardson  - Robert Tear  - Paul Whelan  - Andrew Greenan  - Olga Trifonova  - Pippa Longworth

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