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Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Kolja Blacher, Dominique Horwitz, Berlin Soloists


Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Phil.harmonie   Catalog #: 6005  
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Kolja BlacherDominique Horwitz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When Igor Stravinsky read The Soldier’s Tale in 1916, he was inspired to transform the fairy tale into a theater work. In wartime Switzerland, where the composer was living in exile, all the theatres were closed. The piece was therefore created with purely practical considerations in mind – a mobile stage, a minimal seven-piece orchestra and a plot in which the scenes followed each other like a series of illustrations. The story is taken from a Russian folk tale, but there are parallels in other cultures, such as the puppet show version of Doctor Faustus. This version, in German, is narrated by Dominique Horwitz from an adaptation by Hans Reinhart. When Igor Stravinsky read The Soldier’s Tale in 1916, he was inspired to transform the fairy tale into a theater work. In wartime Switzerland, where the composer was living in exile, all the theatres were closed. The piece was therefore created with purely practical considerations in mind – a mobile stage, a minimal seven-piece orchestra and a plot in which the scenes followed each other like a series of illustrations. The story is taken from a Russian folk tale, but there are parallels in other cultures, such as the puppet show version of Doctor Faustus. This version, in German, is narrated by Dominique Horwitz from an adaptation by Hans Reinhart. Read less

Works on This Recording

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L'histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Kolja Blacher (Violin), Dominique Horwitz (Narrator)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Switzerland 

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