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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:  Robert Craft
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:  Robert Craft
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:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 

Sound Samples

Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Introduction
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I (Adoration of the Earth): The Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Ritual of Abduction
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Spring Rounds
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Ritual of the Rival Tribes
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I (Adoration of the Earth): Dance of the Earth
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II (The Sacrifice): Introduction
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II (The Sacrifice): Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II (The Sacrifice): Glorification of the Chosen One
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II (The Sacrifice): Evocation of the Ancestors
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II (The Sacrifice): Ritual Action of the Ancestors
Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II (The Sacrifice): Sacrificial Dance
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Introduction
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Fisherman
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Nightingale's Aria
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Chamberlain, Bonze, Cook, Courtiers
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Second Entrance of the Nightingale
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Chamberlain and Bonze
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Nightingale's Second Aria
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Chamberlain and Bonze
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 1 (The Forest at Dawn): Fisherman
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): Prelude
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): Cook
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): Prelude (reprise)
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): Chinese March
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): Chamberlain
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): Song of the Nightingale
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): The Japanese Envoys
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): The Mechanical Nightingale
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): The Emperor, Chamberlain, Courtiers
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): Chinese March (reprise)
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 2 (The Porcelain Palace of the Chinese Emperor): Fisherman
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 3 (The Emperor's Bedchamber): Prelude
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 3 (The Emperor's Bedchamber): Chorus of Ghosts, Emperor
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 3 (The Emperor's Bedchamber): Nightingale
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 3 (The Emperor's Bedchamber): Death and the Nightingale
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 3 (The Emperor's Bedchamber): Nightingale's Aria
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 3 (The Emperor's Bedchamber): Emperor and Nightingale
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 3 (The Emperor's Bedchamber): Funeral Procession
Le rossignol (The Nightingale): Scene 3 (The Emperor's Bedchamber): Fisherman

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