Essential Igor Stravinsky

The Essential Igor Stravinsky

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by Igor Stravinsky
     
 
This release really is the "essential" Stravinsky in the sense that every major piece of his entire oeuvre is represented here and in chronological order. You get a picture of his compositional style and how it changed over the course of his career. It ends with a bonus track, an animated recollection by Stravinsky of the writing and

Overview

This release really is the "essential" Stravinsky in the sense that every major piece of his entire oeuvre is represented here and in chronological order. You get a picture of his compositional style and how it changed over the course of his career. It ends with a bonus track, an animated recollection by Stravinsky of the writing and premiere of "Le Sacre du printemps." That incident seems to be the one thing that everyone knows and remembers about Stravinsky and his music. But that was relatively early in his career. Once you get past the first half of the first disc, with all the familiar themes from "Le Sacre," "The Firebird," and "Petrushka," you get into his neo-Classical works and then his much-less-known, serial-influenced works of the 1950s and '60s. The little surprises among the later works are an orchestration of a Gesualdo madrigal; the brief, profound "Elegy for J.F.K."; the somewhat spiky, yet still stately "Fanfare for a New Theater"; and a clever setting of "The Owl and the Pussycat." Most of the excerpts are performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra or other Columbia ensembles, conducted either by Stravinsky himself or by Robert Craft, his assistant in the last 20 years of his life, so they could be called definitive interpretations. There are also a few performances conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas. All in all, this set is a great way to go beyond "Le Sacre" and get to know Stravinsky and his music better.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998991026
catalogNumber:
89910

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Adoration de la terre (Le Sage)

    1. Adoration de la terre (Le Sage)  (00:25)
  2. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Danse de la terre

    1. Danse de la terre  (01:17)
  3. Suite No. 1, for chamber orchestra

    1. I. Andante  (01:17)
    2. II. Napolitana  (01:12)
    3. III. Espanola  (01:09)
    4. IV. Balalaika  (00:53)
  4. Ragtime, for 11 instruments  (04:39)
  5. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Marche Royale

    1. Marche Royale  (02:38)
  6. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Petit Concert

    1. Petit Concert  (03:00)
  7. Piano-Rag-Music, for piano  (03:10)
  8. Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Sinfonia (Ouverture)

    1. Sinfonia (Ouverture)  (01:56)
  9. Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Gavotta con due variazioni

    1. Gavotta con due variazioni  (04:20)
  10. Octet for wind instruments: I. Sinfonia

    1. I. Sinfonia  (03:40)
  11. Concerto for piano & wind instruments: III. Allegro

    1. III. Allegro  (05:02)

Disc 2

  1. Symphony of Psalms, for chorus & orchestra: Part 1. Exaudi orationem meam

    1. Part 1. Exaudi orationem meam  (03:08)
  2. Violin Concerto in D major: 4. Capriccio

    1. 4. Capriccio  (05:46)
  3. Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet  (02:53)
  4. Jeu de cartes (Card Game), ballet in "three deals" for orchestra: Premiere donne

    1. Premiere donne  (05:19)
  5. Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks"): I. Tempo giusto

    1. I. Tempo giusto  (04:24)
  6. Symphony in C, for orchestra in C Major: III. Allegretto

    1. III. Allegretto  (04:45)
  7. The Star-spangled Banner, transcription for orchestra (after John Stafford Smith)  (01:24)
  8. Norwegian Moods (4), for orchestra: I. Intrada

    1. I. Intrada  (02:27)
  9. Circus Polka, for orchestra ("for a young elephant")  (03:30)
  10. Scherzo à la Russe, for orchestra  (03:53)
  11. Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra: III. Con moto

    1. III. Con moto  (06:14)
  12. Ebony Concerto, for clarinet & jazz band: I. Allegro moderato

    1. I. Allegro moderato  (03:02)
  13. The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts: Act 3. Scene 3. Good people, just a moment

    1. Act 3. Scene 3. Good people, just a moment  (02:35)
  14. Tango, for chamber orchestra  (04:07)
  15. Greeting Prelude, for orchestra  (00:51)
  16. Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa ad CD annum, for orchestra: II. Ma tu, cagion di quella: Madrigale XVIII, Libr

    1. II. Ma tu, cagion di quella: Madrigale XVIII, Libro quinto  (01:56)
  17. Elegy for J. F. K., for voice & 3 clarinets  (01:52)
  18. Fanfare for a New Theater, for 2 trumpets  (00:35)
  19. Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: II. Exaudi

    1. II. Exaudi  (01:44)
  20. Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: III. Dies Irae

    1. III. Dies Irae  (00:53)
  21. Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: IV. Tuba Mirum

    1. IV. Tuba Mirum  (00:59)
  22. The Owl and the Pussy-cat, for voice & piano  (02:36)
  23. Stravinsky in his own words, interview  (07:12)

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