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Stravinsky: Les Noces / Pokrovsky Ensemble


Release Date: 05/03/1994 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79335   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalIgor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[ Les noces] is one of Stravinsky's most remarkable achievements, in which his Russian musical inheritance is presented without any civilising filters... The Russian Pokrovsky Ensemble couple the cantata with powerful performances of a group of Russian folk songs related to the poems Stravinsky used - a fascinating exercise in historical musicology (Nonesuch)." -- Andrew Clements, The Guardian [11/1/2001]

In the early 1970s, Dmitri Pokrovsky was a student of conducting and the balalaika at Moscow’s Gnessin Pedagogical Institute of Music. Frustrated with the current musical scene, he felt the need to discover something fresh and different as an alternative musical language--something that would break through
Read more all the old patterns and rules. He found it in a tiny, remote village in Russia embedded within the oldest of traditions. In the strange sound made by a group of five old women singing, Pokrovsky heard songs passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. The songs were extraordinary, complicated, dense in form, and unknown in towns and cities; these were the Russian folk songs. He knew he was deprived of a great art form and separated from his heritage. This began his musical odyssey.

To develop this exploration, Dmitri founded an ensemble--his “living laboratory.” It was created by musicians coming together with psychologists, mathematicians, and physicists in a spirit of scientific observation and experiment. Rather than conducting a clinical analysis that would kill the spirit of their study, they undertook a personal exploration of rural village life. In order to know the essence of village ritual, they became part of it. While researching, the ensemble lived in the village and experienced the relationships between individuals, nature, and ritual. Travelling throughout Russia learning about these traditions has contributed to the richness of the Pokrovsky Ensemble’s live performances.

The Pokrovsky Ensemble has performed in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Japan, Poland, Switzerland, and the U.S. They have been featured in more than two dozen motions pictures and appear regularly on Soviet television, bringing this ancient music into the modern era. In 1988, Mikhail Gorbachev honored Dmitri Pokrovsky with the Government Award, the Soviet Union’s highest recognition for artistic excellence--a testament to the scholarship, musicianship, and vitality with which he and his ensemble have revived traditional Russian culture and customs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Play, Skomoroshek by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
2.
River by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
3.
Trumpet by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
4.
Les noces by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Language: Russian 
5.
Cosmas and Demian by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
6.
The Drinker by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
7.
Green Forest by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
8.
God Bless, Jesus by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
9.
My White Peas by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
10.
Steambath by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
11.
Berry by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
12.
Black Beaver by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
13.
In the House by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
14.
Bunny with Short Legs by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
15.
The Bed by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble
16.
Birch Tree by Traditional
Conductor:  Dmitri Pokrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pokrovsky Ensemble

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