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Stravinsky: Symphonies And Concertos / Davis, Markevitch

Release Date: 02/14/1995 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 442583   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Arthur GrumiauxGeorge Pieterson
Conductor:  Sir Colin DavisIgor MarkevitchErnest BourEdo de Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraMoscow State Symphony OrchestraRussian State Academy Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A stimulating Stravinsky anthology opens with Sir Colin Davis conducting the LSO in a vivid account of the Symphony in C, if perhaps pressing on too vehemently in a similar, rhythmically strong reading of the Symphony in Three Movements. In the Symphonies of Wind Instruments the Netherlands Wind Ensemble under de Waart provide the controlled blend of colour for which they are famous. When, in the Ebony Concerto, they are joined by the clarinettist George Pieterson, the sardonic flavour of the performance compensates for any lack of jazziness in the rhythms. The finale is very dark. A surprise inclusion is Arthur Grumiaux's distinguished 1967 recording of the Violin Concerto with the Concertgebouw under Ernest Bour. Full of nervous energy Read more yet characteristically refined in every detail, the performance grips the listener from the first bar to the last. The sound is only slightly dated and the soloist is well integrated with the orchestra. The programme ends with Igor Markevitch's 1974 recording of the Symphony of Psalms (the Russian State Academy Chorus and Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow) which is strongly Russian in feeling, as one would expect. Nonetheless, the closing "Alleluias" are rapt yet gentle, and intense. They impart to the end of the work a magical frisson. The sound is well defined but never harsh. However, this collection is less generous than is usual with the Duo series. One wonders why more music was not added.

-- Gramophone [4/1995]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow State Symphony Orchestra,  Russian State Academy Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1948; France 
Concerto for Violin in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Ernest Bour
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
Symphonies of Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Edo de Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  George Pieterson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Edo de Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Symphony in C by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Classic recordings of classic scores June 21, 2014 By Guy Rickards (Northwood, Middlesex) See All My Reviews "Let me set my stall out straightaway: I am with the second reviewer in assessing the relative merits of these recordings. Choosing Stravinsky's music for easy listening is a mistake the first reviewer will not make again, I suspect, but critic or no it is a nonsense to mark down a recording because of such a mistaken assumption. It is the equivalent of complaining that Liszt's piano reductions of the Beethoven symphonies do not have parts for an orchestra! To those who know their Stravinsky, these recordings are undeniable classics, getting to the heart of each work with sureness and interpretative vigour. Yes, the sound shows its age a touch, but at bargain price these are still highly competitive. Davis' coruscating treatments of the symphonies have not been outpaced and Grumiaux's remains one of the finest recordings of the Violin Concerto. There is not aweak link here and for many Markevitch conducting the Symphony of Psalms with Muscovite players remains a fascinating historical document as well as a fine performance. A self-recommending set." Report Abuse
 To be fair June 5, 2014 By Ed O. (Westlake Village, CA) See All My Reviews "One's ignorance of an artist's work and/or music in general, profound or otherwise (the previous reviewer in this case, forgetting the otherwise) should never be the basis of a review. Therefore, I give this 4 star set 5 stars to offset that injustice and, pardon the pun, set the record straight." Report Abuse
 Bad choice June 4, 2013 By Jerry G. (Edgewater, CO) See All My Reviews "As I have said before I am not a classical music critic. I am looking for something relaxing and pleasant to the ears. For me this set is neither. Where were the sound samples when I needed them?" Report Abuse
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