Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring: The Nightingale

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313250127
  • Catalog Number: 8557501
  • Sales rank: 187,994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–12 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Robert Craft (32:02)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byRobert Craft, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1First Part - Adoration of the Earth. Introduction
    2. 2First Part - Adoration of the Earth. The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls
    3. 3First Part - Adoration of the Earth. Ritual of Abduction
    4. 4First Part - Adoration of the Earth. Spring Rounds
    5. 5First Part - Adoration of the Earth. Ritual of the Rival Tribes
    6. 6First Part - Adoration of the Earth. Dance of the Earth
    7. 7Second Part - The Sacrifice. Introduction
    8. 8Second Part - The Sacrifice. Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
    9. 9Second Part - The Sacrifice. Glorification of the Chosen One
    10. 10Second Part - The Sacrifice. Evocation of the Ancestors
    11. 11Second Part - The Sacrifice. Ritual Action of the Ancestors
    12. 12Second Part - The Sacrifice. Sacrificial Dance
  2. 13–40 Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts - Igor Stravinsky & Sally Burgess (44:04)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed bySally Burgess, Robert Craft, Peter Hall, London Voices, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Preece, Stephen Richardson, Robert Tear, Andrew Greenan, Olga Trifonova, Pippa Longworth
    1. 13Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Introduction
    2. 14Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Fisherman
    3. 15Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Nightingale's Aria
    4. 16Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Chamberlain, Bonze, Cook, Courtiers
    5. 17Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Second Entrance of the Nightingale
    6. 18Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Chamberlain and Bonze
    7. 19Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Nightingale's Second Aria
    8. 20Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Chamberlain and Bonze
    9. 21Scene 1: The forest at dawn. Fisherman
    10. 22Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. Prelude: Chorus and Orchestra
    11. 23Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. Cook
    12. 24Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. Reprise of the Prelude
    13. 25Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. Chinese March
    14. 26Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. Chamberlain
    15. 27Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. Song of the Nightingale
    16. 28Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. The Japanese Envoys
    17. 29Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. The Mechanical Nightingale
    18. 30Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. The Emperor, Chamberlain, Courtiers
    19. 31Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. Reprise of the Chinese March
    20. 32Scene 2: The porcelain palace of the Chinese Emperor. Fisherman
    21. 33Scene 3: The Emperor's Bedchamber. Prelude
    22. 34Scene 3: The Emperor's Bedchamber. Chorus of Ghosts, Emperor
    23. 35Scene 3: The Emperor's Bedchamber. Nightingale
    24. 36Scene 3: The Emperor's Bedchamber. Death and the Nightingale
    25. 37Scene 3: The Emperor's Bedchamber. The Nightingale's Aria
    26. 38Scene 3: The Emperor's Bedchamber. Emperor and Nightingale
    27. 39Scene 3: The Emperor's Bedchamber. Funeral Procession
    28. 40Scene 3: The Emperor's Bedchamber. Fisherman
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Craft Primary Artist
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