Stravinsky’s Perséphone (1934) is a dynamic music-theatrical narration of the myth of Persephone’s abduction to the underworld and return to earth. The transparent, sober but evocative music epitomizes Stravinsky’s sensuous take on Neoclassicism, and the piece showcases Stravinsky’s eclectic, original and highly personal approach to music and musical drama through a playful mixture of several genres – melodrama, song, chorus, dance and pantomime. Ultimately, Perséphone offers Stravinsky’s second ode to spring, albeit without the brutal excesses of Le Sacre. This album was recorded live during the Helsinki Festival 2017 with a star cast featuring English tenorRead more Andrew Staples and French actress Pauline Cheviller. They join forces with the Finnish National Opera’s chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in a breath-taking performance that lifts out the piece’s transformative power.
Radiant beauty is not a quality that is automatically associated with Stravinsky’s music. But in Perséphone he composed one of the most radiant and lyrically beautiful scores to be found anywhere in 20th-century music. It’s one of his greatest achievements. It's a beautifully modulated performance; nothing is forced, and all the elements, sung, played, and spoken, are well and carefully integrated.
Perséphoneby Igor Stravinsky Performer:
Andrew Staples (Tenor),
Pauline Cheviller (Voice)
Finnish National Opera Orchestra,
Finnish National Opera Chorus,
Finnish National Opera Children's Chorus
Period: 20th Century Written: 1933-1934; France
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Sumptuous StravinskyMay 5, 2019By S. Livingston (Hillsdale, NY)See All My Reviews"If you think Stravinsky is unemotional, you need to hear the delectable orchestration of this release. The Columbia release of this with Stravinsky conducting is excellent, but the sound cannot match the depth of sound of this recording. Even non-musician friends find this piece an enchanting and emotional experience. Stravinsky never liked the idea of a narrator in his music, but it works so well with this piece. Buy it with confidence and enjoy, you will love this if you are a classical music lover."Report Abuse
At lastOctober 26, 2018By David Nutter (New York, NY)See All My Reviews"Have been waiting for decades for a new recording of this wonderful work..I had an older version decades ago ..cannot understand and why it isn't a big deal....lots of memorable music here...a must for Stravinsky fans."Report Abuse