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Stravinsky: Later Ballets / Robert Craft, Et Al


Release Date: 12/11/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557506   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Mark Wait
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra20th Century Classics EnsembleOrchestra of St. Luke's,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have no criticism whatsoever about the excellence of these performances. No one plays neo-classical and late Stravinsky as well as Robert Craft, and whether in his energetic and witty account of Jeu de cartes, or the nicely "sec" articulation he uses to characterize the Danses and Scènes, these performances are as fine as any available, and they are very well recorded. Mark Wait also is a fine piano soloist in the Capriccio, giving a swift and uncommonly high-spirited rendition. The Variations belongs among Stravinsky's most uncompromisingly arid compositions. Craft delivers the piece with his usual clarity and focus, but like some Webern, the fact that you can listen to this brief work multiple times to try to "get Read more it" doesn't mean that you will want to or that it's time well spent. Indeed my only qualm about this disc, one that prevents my giving it the highest rating, is that if you enjoy neo-classical Stravinsky you likely won't want the Variations. Still, it's only a bit more than five minutes of music and you can always ignore it. If the coupling suits, then don't hesitate.

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

1.
Jeu de cartes by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
2.
Danses concertantes by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  20th Century Classics Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
3.
Scènes de ballet by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
4.
Variations for Orchestra "Aldous Huxley in memoriam" by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963-1964; USA 
5.
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Mark Wait (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1929; France 

Sound Samples

Jeu de cartes (The Card Game): Premiere donne (First Deal): Alla breve - Moderato assai - Tranquillo
Jeu de cartes (The Card Game): Deuxieme donne (Second Deal): Alla breve - Marcia - Variations I-V - Coda - Marcia
Jeu de cartes (The Card Game): Troisieme donne (Third Deal): Alla breve - Valse - Presto - Tempo del principio
Danses concertantes: Marche - Introduction
Danses concertantes: Pas d'Action - Con moto
Danses concertantes: Theme varie
Danses concertantes: Pas-de-deux - Andante sostenuto
Danses concertantes: Marche - Conclusion
Scenes de Ballet: Introduction
Scenes de Ballet: Danses (Corps de Ballet)
Scenes de Ballet: Variations (Ballerina)
Scenes de Ballet: Pantomime - Pas-de-deux
Scenes de Ballet: Pantomime
Scenes de Ballet: Variation - Variation (Ballerina) - Pantomime - Danses (Corps de Ballet)
Scenes de Ballet: Apotheose
Variations, "Aldous Huxley in memoriam"
Capriccio: I. Allegro
Capriccio: II. Andante rapsodico
Capriccio: III. Allegro capriccioso ma sempre giusto

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