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Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale, Etc / Stravinsky, Irons

Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 76586   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Roy D'AntonioRichard KellyCharles BradyIsrael Baker,   ... 
Conductor:  Igor StravinskyRobert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Chamber EnsembleColumbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

L'histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Roy D'Antonio (Clarinet), Richard Kelly (Double Bass), Charles Brady (Trumpet),
Israel Baker (Violin), William Kraft (Percussion), Robert Marsteller (Trombone),
Don Christlieb (Bassoon), Jeremy Irons (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Switzerland 
Length: 59 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Hollywood, California (02/1961); Hollywood, California (01/24/1967); Landsdowne Studio, London, England (12/02/2005) 
Symphonies of Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 10/11/1966 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1947
This selection is a mono recording. 

Customer Reviews

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 "New" Stravinsky December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "After years of being lost in Sony's (formerly Columbia/CBS) vaults, Stravinsky's own version of The Soldier's Tale has finally been issued in complete form. The main body of the performance is from the already released Suite recorded in 1961, with bridge sections recorded in 1967. The spoken portion was recently recorded by actor Jeremy Irons.

Apparently, Stravinsky hesitated to commit the narrated version to disc because he was not satisfied with the English translation of the French text. The present version uses a new narration, but to my American English biased ears, the standard translation "works" better. While Irons has a pleasing voice, he is unable to delineate the three characters (the narrator, the soldier, and the devil) the way three separate actors can. For that reason, when recommending this piece to others, I will continue referring to the superb version featuring Ian McKellen, Sting, and Vanessa Redgrave.
As a filler, Sony has offered Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments in a fine performance conducted by the composer's assistant, Robert Craft.

The remastered sonics are excellent in every respect. It's hard to believe these recordings share provenance with the rather anemic sounding Stravinsky recordings issued in the 1960s.
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