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Heritage Masters - Stravinsky: Symphonies / Ansermet

Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001268302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Symphony in C is given an alert performance, not as expert or brilliant as either of the accounts Stravinsky himself has committed to disc. but nonetheless fully acceptable. What the playing lacks in polish it makes up for in liveliness and some stylishly acid wind tone. The other side offers ... the Symphonies of wind instruments, written in honour of Debussy's memory. This is one of his most masterly and austere scores and, incidentally, receives the best performance of all the works on this record. ... The recordings are fresh and vivid and the issue is strongly recommended.

– Gramophone [6/1971], reviewing Symphony in C and Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Superbly recorded. The Suisse Romande Orchestra
Read more is not so expert or brilliant as Stravinsky's American orchestra but they are on better form here for Ansermet than was the case in his last years. I found this a highly enjoyable performance and given such excellent recorded sound I would not hesitate to recommend it. Collectors of the Ansermet/Stravinsky series can certainly invest in this with confidence.

– Gramophone [4/1971], reviewing Symphony in Three Movements Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony in C by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 1960-1961 
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 1960-1961 
Symphonies of Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 1960-1961 

Sound Samples

Symphony in C: 1. Moderato alla breve - Tempo agitato senza troppo accelerare - Tempo I
Symphony in C: 2. Larghetto concertante -
Symphony in C: 3. Allegretto - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Piů mosso - Tempo I
Symphony in C: 4. Largo - Tempo giusto, alla breve - Poco meno mosso
Symphony in 3 Movements: 1. Allegro
Symphony in 3 Movements: 2. Andante - Interlude (L'istesso tempo)-
Symphony in 3 Movements: 3. Con moto
Symphonies for Wind Instruments

Customer Reviews

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 Inextricably linked February 10, 2013 By James Carleton (Port Hueneme, CA) See All My Reviews "Stravinsky and Ansermet: for years, they owed each other enormous debts, even when they strongly disagreed. Ansermet and his Orchestra (for the OSR *is* Ansermet's orchestra no less than Morton Gould's Orchestra was his) were entrusted with several recording premieres of Stravinsky works, most notably the Capriccio for piano and orchestra, with the composer as soloist. Thus, while it must be said that the OSR never quite achieves the polish of the Berlin, New York or other major orchestras, it certainly knows how to play with spirit, and its conductor understands these works possibly better than anyone other than Stravinsky, himself, and that perhaps includes Robert Craft, who spent more time with the master than almost anyone else. I only opened up this CD yesterday (as I write this), and have already played it twice through, and the "Wind Instruments" a third time. For my money, this particular recording (aside from an odd, muted aural envelope) is at least the equal of Stravinsky's own for Columbia, and is exceeded only by that of Esa-Pekka Salonen and the London Sinfonietta, for Sony. As for the two actual Symphonies, the "in C" is handled very well, with fine turns of phrase, and a nice emphasis on the different registers at play. A bit more "lilt" would have been nice in the faster movements. Again, the aural quality is strangely muted, as if one is in the hall outside of the recording studio, with the door just slightly ajar. The "Three Movements" is the weakest of the three, but then, I've been spoiled by Stravinsky's own recording for Columbia, which is nothing if not brash. One would have thought that the lack of polish of the OSR would have worked to its advantage, but we can't have everything. All in all, this is a worthy CD in the Stravinsky discography. It won't supplant any of the best recordings, but it serves as a model of how these works might have sounded at their premieres, and Decca is to be applauded for trusting that we would care to hear that." Report Abuse
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