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Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, The Nightingale / Craft


Release Date: 09/20/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557501   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Stephen RichardsonPaul WhelanRobert TearPippa Longworth,   ... 
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Craft's performance of The Rite of Spring, rescued from oblivion on Koch, proves that in the early ballets he can be both accurate as well as exciting. Extremely well played by the London Symphony, seldom have the complex textures in the Introduction to Part One or the Ritual of the Rival Tribes sounded so clear and natural. And yet, in the Dance of the Earth, or the concluding Sacrificial Dance, Craft pulls out all of the stops to really impressive effect. The sonics are excellent, both here and in The Nightingale--this latter a beautiful, neglected piece that sounds much better in its original operatic form than in its later, formally somewhat dysfunctional symphonic dress. Once again Craft leads a superb performance of the Read more orchestral part, and the singers are mostly fine. Olga Trifonova's bright soprano does well by the nightingale, but Robert Tear and Pippa Longworth, as the fisherman and the cook, sound vocally stressed despite being clearly involved in their parts. Still, with transliterated text and English translation, this is a very good deal.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Notes: Composition written: Switzerland (1911 - 1913).
Composition revised: USA (1943). 
2.
Chant du rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Stephen Richardson (Bass), Paul Whelan (Bass Baritone), Robert Tear (Tenor),
Pippa Longworth (Soprano), Simon Preece (Bass), Olga Trifonova (Soprano),
Andrew Greenan (Baritone), Sally Burgess (Alto), Peter Hall (Tenor)
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 

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