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Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Levine, Chicago

Release Date: 02/21/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 37344  
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Mary SauerArnold VoketaitisPhilip CreechIsola Jones,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony ChorusChicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Players
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

*** This title is a reissue of a Japanese release with liner notes in Japanese. ***

James Levine's Petrushka is amazing, one of the most brilliant, hard-hitting, rhythmically sharp performances that you are ever likely to hear. The crowd scenes in the two outer tableaux sizzle with energy, while the more intimate moments feature some stunning solo work from the CSO principals, flute and trumpet especially. Les Noces is hardly less fine; the interpretive concept is much the same, with rhythmic precision to the fore. You sense that Stravinsky would have been thrilled by this hyper-accurate, unsentimental, but always sympathetic conducting. The singers don't have quite that authentic Slavic sound that we get from Ancerl,
Read more but there's very little to quibble about there either. The bright, "in your face" sonics complement the performances, but some listeners might find the engineering a touch too aggressive. Still, this "on demand" reissue from Arkivmusic.com is pretty thrilling by any measure.

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

Pétrouchka: Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Mary Sauer (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1947; Switzerland 
Les noces by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Arnold Voketaitis (Baritone), Philip Creech (Tenor), Isola Jones (Mezzo Soprano),
Mary Sauer (Piano), Paul Schenly (Piano), Jean Jaffe (Soprano),
William Vendice (Piano), Andre-Michel Schub (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 

Featured Sound Samples

Pétrouchka: Suite: Part IV: Dance of the Wet Nurses
Pétrouchka: Suite: Part IV: Dance of the Coachmen and Grooms

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