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Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Danses Concertantes / Gibson


Release Date: 07/06/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 8325   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Danses concertantes show Stravinsky at his most good-humoured, at his most genial, even, and it is good to have a performance of them in which wit, grace and tenderness emerge as strongly as the necessary rhythmic precision and vigorous energy. Above all, one is aware that this, though not written with any choreographer in mind, is essentially a ballet score of spare but beautiful elegance. The essence of Pulcinella, Gibson seems to suggest, is its Italian-ness, which is to say its lyricism. The lovely oboe line of the second movement, the Serenata, is characteristic: a more relaxed reading than most, the vitality of the quicker movements not depending on hell-for-leather tempos, and with Latin warmth much in evidence—there is rather Read more more Pergolesi here (though no less Stravinsky) than usual. Both works are chamber scores, and the admirably clear and open CD sound emphasizes this, each instrument allowed (as Gibson does) its own individuality.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [2/1985]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Danses concertantes by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922/1947; France 
Length: 22 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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