Works of Igor Stravinsky

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
With Works of Igor Stravinsky, Sony/BMG is offering Sony Classics' massive Stravinsky box of 22 CDs, which once retailed at a faint-inducing price tag, for less than one-sixth of the original cost. Certainly more of these will get around than the old "Recorded Legacy" box did; so prohibitively expensive, such boxes would sit at the counter of finer classical music stores for years as a never-purchased luxury item. In the new edition, you don't get much aside from the same 22 CDs in cardboard sleeves and a paper-thin booklet, which contains a highly generalized, four-page-long appreciation of Stravinsky's artistry and as close to the most basic projection of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
With Works of Igor Stravinsky, Sony/BMG is offering Sony Classics' massive Stravinsky box of 22 CDs, which once retailed at a faint-inducing price tag, for less than one-sixth of the original cost. Certainly more of these will get around than the old "Recorded Legacy" box did; so prohibitively expensive, such boxes would sit at the counter of finer classical music stores for years as a never-purchased luxury item. In the new edition, you don't get much aside from the same 22 CDs in cardboard sleeves and a paper-thin booklet, which contains a highly generalized, four-page-long appreciation of Stravinsky's artistry and as close to the most basic projection of the recording data as one can imagine. Aside from the marketing angle, Sony/BMG's Works of Igor Stravinsky has all the vicissitudes of the original Sony Classical set, apart from the old set's monolithic dimensions. No other composer born in the 1880s -- unless you count Leopold Stokowski as a "composer" -- left behind a more extensive body of recordings than Stravinsky. Stravinsky didn't make his first recording until he was 43 years old, only picking up conducting as an avocation a couple of years after that. The vast majority of Stravinsky's recordings were made for CBS Masterworks starting in 1957 -- when he was 75 years old -- and extending to 1967, when he made his last public appearances, and Works of Igor Stravinsky includes, in one way or another, some 90 percent of the music Stravinsky is known to have composed. Save the inclusion of both the "Firebird Ballet" and its corresponding suite, alternate incarnations of works are not found here; the dreaded, posthumously discovered "Sonata in F sharp minor" for piano is likewise lacking, but so are several of Stravinsky's other piano pieces and the "Three Pieces for String Quartet." Apart from that, Works of Igor Stravinsky runs the Stravinskïan gamut, from the opera "The Rake's Progress" in its entirety to "Epitaphium," a late career tidbit lasting all of 70 seconds. There are some stunning gems here -- Stravinsky's 1961 recording of the "Firebird Ballet" and 1960 "Rite of Spring" are fabulous, completely authoritative performances. There is a compelling "Agon" from Los Angeles in 1957, which was the first recording Columbia Masterworks issued in stereo; the 1960 "Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa," never bettered; and an intense, palpitating "L'histoire du Soldat Suite" from 1961. The whole of disc 12, which consists of short instrumental works such as the "Octet for winds," "Concertino for 12 Instruments," "Ragtime for 11 Instruments," and the "Ebony Concerto" with Benny Goodman, is all very impressive. Some of the vocal items as well -- his songs as sung by Cathy Berberian, Adrienne Albert, and Donald Gramm, singers Stravinsky liked and worked with regularly -- are not only well done but carry the indelible stamp of authority that only Stravinsky could have imparted in such works, as many of them were new when Stravinsky recorded them. On the other hand, some devotees of Stravinsky tend to view him as his own worst enemy as a conductor of his own music, and much of his work for CBS records was the evidence that galvanized such a reputation for him. Few composers would prefer to record everything they've written, and there were many things in Stravinsky's catalog that about which he simply wasn't very enthusiastic. Stravinsky's sluggish and one-dimensional recording of the early "Symphony in E flat" seems to confirm his low opinion of the work, a viewpoint successfully challenged some 30 years later in Mikhail Pletnev's dazzling recording of it for Deutsche Grammophon. Indeed, no one who has heard Spanish conductor Josep Pons' sparkling and effervescent recording of "Pulcinella" would likely prefer Stravinsky's own plodding, pedestrian, and badly balanced 1965 account. Stravinsky was a difficult conductor to follow, and even though he had some of the best musicians on both American coasts and in Canada to work with, the results were not always predictable. Generally, the further forward from 1962 you get, the more difficult it is for Stravinsky to contend with the demands of his craft. It is a pity that Sony/BMG could not have revisited this package before re-releasing it so cheaply; some of the things Stravinsky recorded for RCA Victor before the advent of his Columbia contract, which is now accessible, could have been added. A good example would be a shimmering 1950 account of "Apollo" that runs rings around the rather careful and pleasingly patrician 1964 version heard here. A few of Stravinsky's 1930s vintage French EMI recordings are included as "historical" entries; on that score, what about the 1945 recording of "Ebony Concerto" with Woody Herman, or the 1940 "Rite of Spring," both recordings made by CBS Masterworks? However, such benefit would have cut into whatever profit margin there could be on a package offered at the equivalent of about two bucks a disc; to obtain such an extensive and comprehensive offering of Stravinsky conducting his own works for such a modest outlay is a hard bargain to resist.
The Guardian - Andrew Clements
An exceptional document.... Whatever the minor shortcomings, though, this is the 20th-century's greatest composer conducting all his own works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 886971031126
  • Catalog Number: 710311

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–22 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (43:48)
  2. 2 Scherzo à la Russe, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (4:04)
  3. 3 Scherzo fantastique, for orchestra, Op. 3 - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (11:45)
  4. 4 Fireworks (Feu D'artifice), fantasy for orchestra, Op. 4 - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (3:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1–15 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version) - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (33:49)
  2. 16–29 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (31:26)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Les Noces III (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus, 4 pianos & percussion - Lukas Foss & Igor Stravinsky (24:51)
  2. 2 Renard, opera-ballet (burlesque) for 4 vocal soloists & chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (15:32)
  3. 6–14 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments - William Kraft & Igor Stravinsky (24:13)
Disc 4
  1. 1–10 Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (28:41)
  2. 11–26 Agon, ballet for twelve dancers & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (23:27)
  3. 27–29 Jeu de cartes (Card Game), ballet in "three deals" for orchestra - Cleveland Orchestra & Igor Stravinsky (22:33)
Disc 5
  1. 1–9 Scènes de ballet, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (16:35)
  2. 10–13 Bluebird Pas-de-deux, transcription for chamber orchestra (after Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty) - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (5:06)
  3. 14–22 Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (45:40)
Disc 6
  1. 1–5 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (38:46)
  2. 6–16 Orpheus, ballet in 3 scenes for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (30:40)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 1. No. 1. The Shrove-tide Fair - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (0:50)
  2. 2 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 1. No. 2. The Crowds (4:17)
  3. 3 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 1. No. 3. The Charlatan's Booth (1:51)
  4. 4 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 1. No. 4. Russian Dance (2:40)
  5. 5 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 2. Petrushka's Room (4:10)
  6. 6 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 4. No. 1. The Shrove-tide Fair (near evening (1:10)
  7. 7 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 4. No. 2. Dance of the Wet Nurses (2:38)
  8. 8 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 4. No. 3. Dance of the Peasant and the Bear (1:15)
  9. 9 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 4. No. 4. Dance of the Gypsy Girls (1:07)
  10. 10 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 4. No. 5. Dance of the Coachmen (2:10)
  11. 11 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Scene 4. No. 6. The Masqueraders (1:53)
  12. 12–22 Pulcinella, suite for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (21:22)
  13. 23–34 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (29:10)
Disc 8
  1. 1–4 Symphony in E flat major, Op. 1 - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (39:56)
  2. 2 Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra: rehearsal extract - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (4:46)
  3. 3 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: rehearsal extract - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:17)
  4. 4 Petites Chansons (3), for voice & chamber orchestra ("Souvenir de mon enfance"): rehearsal extract - Cathy Berberian & Igor Stravinsky (1:17)
  5. 5 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: rehearsal extract - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:45)
  6. 6 Concerto for piano & wind instruments: rehearsal extract - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (5:48)
  7. 7 Symphony in C, for orchestra in C major: rehearsal extract - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (7:54)
  8. 8 Stravinsky in His Own Words - Spoken Word & Igor Stravinsky (7:10)
Disc 9
  1. 1–3 Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (21:24)
  2. 2 Symphony in C, for orchestra in C major: 1. Moderato alla breve - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (9:24)
  3. 3 Symphony in C, for orchestra in C major: 2. Larghetto concertante (5:42)
  4. 4 Symphony in C, for orchestra in C major: 3. Allegretto (4:35)
  5. 5 Symphony in C, for orchestra in C major: 4. Largo - Tempo giusto, alla breve (7:22)
  6. 8–10 Symphony of Psalms, for chorus & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (21:33)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Concerto for piano & wind instruments: 1. Largo. Allegro - Maestoso - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (7:10)
  2. 2 Concerto for piano & wind instruments: 2. Largo (6:59)
  3. 3 Concerto for piano & wind instruments: 3. Allegro (5:04)
  4. 4–8 Movements (5), for piano & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (8:17)
  5. 9–11 Capriccio, for piano & orchestra - Columbia Symphony Orchestra & Igor Stravinsky (16:58)
  6. 12–15 Violin Concerto in D major - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (20:47)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Greeting Prelude, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (0:52)
  2. 2–5 Suite No. 1, for chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (4:33)
  3. 6–9 Suite No. 2, for chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (6:04)
  4. 10–12 Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks") - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (13:44)
  5. 13–16 Norwegian Moods (4), for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (8:30)
  6. 14 Circus Polka, for orchestra ("for a young elephant") - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (3:29)
  7. 18–20 Concerto in D, for string orchestra in D major ("Basel Concerto") - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (11:24)
  8. 21–28 Instrumental Miniatures (8), for 15 players - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (7:41)
  9. 29–32 Etudes (4) for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (10:08)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Præludium, for jazz band - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (1:28)
  2. 2 Concertino, for 12 instruments - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (6:22)
  3. 3–5 Octet for wind instruments - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (14:38)
  4. 4 Ragtime, for 11 instruments - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (4:38)
  5. 5 Tango, for chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (4:06)
  6. 8–10 Septet, for clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, violin, viola & cello - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (11:50)
  7. 9 Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:52)
  8. 12–14 Ebony Concerto, for clarinet & jazz band - Benny Goodman & Igor Stravinsky (9:21)
  9. 13 Symphonies of Wind Instruments, for 23 wind instruments (1947 version) - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (9:10)
Disc 13
  1. 1–5 Duo Concertante, for violin & piano - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (15:16)
  2. 6–9 Serenade for piano in A major - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (11:09)
  3. 10–13 Concerto for 2 solo pianos - Soulima Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (19:31)
  4. 11 Piano-Rag-Music, for piano - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (3:11)
  5. 15–17 Sonata for 2 pianos - Robert Fizdale & Igor Stravinsky (10:02)
  6. 18–20 Sonata for piano - Charles Rosen & Igor Stravinsky (10:51)
Disc 14
  1. 1–13 Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (44:57)
  2. 2 Mavra, opera buffa in 1 act - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (27:46)
Disc 15
  1. 1–3 Faun & Shepherdess, song suite (3) for voice & orchestra, Op. 2 - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (9:45)
  2. 4–5 Poems of Verlaine (2), song cycle for voice & piano or orchestra, Op. 9 - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (5:26)
  3. 6–7 Poems of Balmont (2), for voice & chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:42)
  4. 8–10 Japanese Lyrics (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or chamber orchestra) - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (3:15)
  5. 9 Petites Chansons (3), for voice & chamber orchestra ("Souvenir de mon enfance"): 1. The Magpie - Cathy Berberian & Igor Stravinsky (0:59)
  6. 10 Petites Chansons (3), for voice & chamber orchestra ("Souvenir de mon enfance"): 2. The Rock (1:08)
  7. 11 Petites Chansons (3), for voice & chamber orchestra ("Souvenir de mon enfance"): 3. The Jackdaw (1:03)
  8. 14–17 Pribaoutki (4), song cycle for voice & 8 instruments or piano - Cathy Berberian & Igor Stravinsky (3:50)
  9. 18–21 Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano - Cathy Berberian & Igor Stravinsky (3:46)
  10. 22–25 Russian Peasant Songs (4), for female chorus & 4 horns ("The Saucers") - Gregg Smith & Igor Stravinsky (4:10)
  11. 26–29 Songs (4) for voice, flute, harp & guitar - Laurindo Almeida & Igor Stravinsky (4:42)
  12. 30–32 Songs (3) from William Shakespeare, for voice, flute, clarinet & viola - Cathy Berberian & Igor Stravinsky (7:03)
  13. 33–35 In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, dirge-canons & song for voice, string quartet & 4 trombones - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (7:26)
  14. 34 Elegy for J. F. K., for voice & 3 clarinets - Igor Stravinsky & Cathy Berberian (1:54)
  15. 35 The Owl and the Pussy-cat, for voice & piano - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:35)
  16. 36 Tilim-bom, transcription for voice & orchestra (after Histoires pour enfants No. 1) - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (1:01)
Disc 16
  1. 1–32 The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (140:33)
Disc 17
Disc 18
  1. 1–2 Oedipus Rex, opera-oratorio in 2 acts - Jean Cocteau & Igor Stravinsky (50:04)
  2. 3–9 The Flood, musical play for 3 vocal soloists, narrator, caller, speakers, chorus & orchestra - Gregg Smith & Igor Stravinsky (22:43)
Disc 19
  1. 1–3 Perséphone, melodrama in 3 parts, for reciter, vocal soloist, double chorus & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (55:53)
  2. 4–6 Ode, elegiacal chant for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (10:20)
  3. 7–9 Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa ad CD annum, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (7:05)
Disc 20
  1. 1–6 Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Igor Stravinsky (10:42)
  2. 2 King of the Stars (Zvezdoliki), cantata for male chorus & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (4:19)
  3. 3 Ave Maria, for chorus a cappella (after Bogoroditse D'vo) - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (1:25)
  4. 4 Credo, for chorus - Gregg Smith & Igor Stravinsky (2:42)
  5. 5 Pater Noster, for chorus - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (1:47)
  6. 11–17 Cantata, for 2 soloists, female chorus & chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (26:30)
  7. 18–22 Mass, for chorus & double wind quintet - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (16:53)
  8. 19 Babel, cantata for reciter, male chorus & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite") - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (5:12)
Disc 21
  1. 1–6 Canticum Sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis, cantata for 2 soloists, chorus & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (18:06)
  2. 2 Introitus: T. S. Eliot in Memoriam, for male chorus & chamber ensemble - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (3:51)
  3. 8–10 A Sermon, a Narrative & a Prayer, cantata for 2 vocal soloists, reciter, chorus & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (15:19)
  4. 9 Anthem: The Dove Descending Breaks the Air, for chorus - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (3:40)
  5. 12–15 Threni: id est Lamentationes Jerimiæ Prophetæ, for 6 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (29:49)
Disc 22
  1. 1 Chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale), symphonic poem for orchestra - Columbia Symphony Orchestra & Igor Stravinsky (18:45)
  2. 2 Danses concertantes, for chamber orchestra - Columbia Chamber Orchestra & Igor Stravinsky (18:24)
  3. 3 Epitaphium für das Grabmal des Prinzen Max Egon zu Fürstenberg, for flute, clarinet & harp - Robert Craft & Igor Stravinsky (1:12)
  4. 4 Double Canon, for string quartet ("Raoul Dufy in Memoriam") - Igor Stravinsky & Israel Baker (1:21)
  5. 5 Abraham and Isaac, sacred ballad for voice & chamber orchestra - Columbia Symphony Orchestra & Igor Stravinsky (10:28)
  6. 6 Variations: Aldous Huxley in Memoriam, for orchestra - Columbia Symphony Orchestra & Igor Stravinsky (4:53)
  7. 7–15 Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra - Gregg Smith & Igor Stravinsky (13:45)
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