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Stravinsky: Symphony In C, Symphony In 3 Movements / Craft, Philharmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557507   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert CraftRobert Kraft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  20th Century Classics EnsembleOrchestra of St. Luke'sPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No one plays Stravinsky's neo-classical works better than Robert Craft. In the Symphony in C he captures the flow of the piece perfectly, understanding that the music's wistful innocence and rhythmic freshness depends far more on precision of execution than on interpretive point-making. The Symphony in Three Movements packs a nice, hefty punch in its outer movements, and the important harp part is very well balanced in the central Andante.

Neither Dumbarton Oaks nor the Octet strikes me as top-notch Stravinsky, though judging from his notes Craft would disagree. In any case, these are wholly winning performances, totally free of artifice. Dumbarton Oaks in particular does not sound like bad Bach, but comes across as energetic
Read more and vital, the rhythmic drive of its outer movements never turning mechanical. The fine sonics remain remarkably consistent despite the various recording locations and dates. Highly recommended.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Octet for Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Robert Kraft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  20th Century Classics Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923/1952; France 
Length: 13 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Concerto in E flat major "Dumbarton Oaks" by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Robert Kraft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Symphony in C by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Robert Kraft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USA 
Length: 27 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Robert Kraft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
Length: 21 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Concerto in E flat "Dumbarton Oaks": I. Tempo giusto
Symphony in C: I. Moderato alla breve

Sound Samples

Octet: I. Sinfonia: Allegro
Octet: II. Theme and Variations
Octet: III. Finale
Concerto in E flat major, "Dumbarton Oaks": I. Tempo giusto
Concerto in E flat major, "Dumbarton Oaks": II. Allegretto
Concerto in E flat major, "Dumbarton Oaks": III. Con moto
Symphony in C major: I. Moderato alla breve
Symphony in C major: II. Larghetto concertante
Symphony in C major: III. Allegretto
Symphony in C major: IV. Largo - Tempo giusto, alla breve
Symphony in 3 Movements: I. half note = 80
Symphony in 3 Movements: II. Andante - Interlude
Symphony in 3 Movements: III. Con moto

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