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Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works / Ashkenazy, European Soloists


Release Date: 01/30/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 448177   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Raymond CurfsLorna McGheeDimitri AshkenazyGraham Lee,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tempos are just as brisk and alert as Stravinsky’s and the accents just as incisive, but these qualities are combined with a beautiful soft-grained tone. A wonderful disc.

The earliest piece on this disc is the delightful Pastorale, written in 1907, when Stravinsky was 25; the latest is the enigmatic Epitaphium, written 52 years later. In between come a clutch of pieces from that fascinating period of Stravinsky’s life when he was moving from Russianism to neo-classicism via jazz. The remaining two, the Octet of 1923 and the Septet of 1953, are both firmly in Stravinsky’s witty, poised neo-classical style, though the Septet is moving towards new, tougher territory.

Stravinsky himself made classic
Read more recordings of these pieces in the Sixties, now reissued on CD on the Sony label. These are always electric, if sometimes a little untidy, and so closely recorded you feel the players are sitting in your lap. By that lofty benchmark this new recording measures up superbly. Tempos are just as brisk and alert as Stravinsky’s, the accents just as incisive. These qualities are combined with a beautiful soft-grained tone – a nice change from Stravinsky’s lemon-sharp sound. The Septet in particular came up very fresh: in the composer’s version the middle movement felt gruff and crabbed; here it has a mysterious grave quality, as of a procession seen through a veil. A wonderful disc.

-- Ivan Hewett, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rag-time for 11 instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Raymond Curfs (Percussion), Lorna McGhee (Flute), Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet),
Graham Lee (Trombone), Hartmut Rohde (Viola), Alan Brind (Violin),
Laurent Quénelle (Violin), Adrian Bending (Percussion), Harry Vorselen (Horn),
Rudi Mahni (Cornet), Dominic Seldis (Double Bass), Edward Cervenka (Cimbalom)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Switzerland 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Octet for Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Graham Lee (Trombone), Andrea Flammineis (Bassoon), Rudi Mahni (Trumpet),
Mario Schlumpberger (Trumpet), Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet), Paul Lambert (),
Sarah Burnett (Bassoon), Lorna McGhee (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923/1952; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1994 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
L'histoire du soldat: Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet), Alan Brind (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Pastorale for Violin, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Bassoon by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet), Jonathan Kelly (Oboe), Laurent Quénelle (Violin),
Andrea Flammineis (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Concertino for 12 instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lorna McGhee (Flute), Graham Lee (Trombone), Alan Brind (Violin),
Andrea Flammineis (Bassoon), Rudi Mahni (Trumpet), Mario Schlumpberger (Trumpet),
Jonathan Kelly (Oboe), Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet), Paul Lambert (),
Annelies Terry (Cello), Sarah Burnett (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Septet by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Harry Vorselen (Horn), Laurent Quénelle (Violin), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano),
Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet), Annelies Terry (Cello), Sarah Burnett (Bassoon),
Hartmut Rohde (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Epitaphium by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Lorna McGhee (Flute), Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet),
Cristina Bianchi (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1994 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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