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Stravinsky: Symphony In C, Symphony In 3 Movements / Dutoit


Release Date: 12/07/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436474  
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande OrchestraMontreal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dutoit's 1981 Suisse Romande recordings of the symphonies come closer than any modern rival to the composer's example.

"Make it as dry as possible, otherwise it doesn't come to the ear of the listener"—Stravinsky rehearsing the CBC Symphony Orchestra in a graceful passage for string quartet from the Larghetto of his Symphony in C, prior to recording the work. And he goes on to implore the players to play "more violently" a section which, in his own score, he directs to be played piano possibile! The whole rehearsal sequence (in a mid-price two-disc Sony Classical set with all the symphonies, excepting the Symphonies of Wind Instruments, 8/92) offers confirmation of the impression that, when it comes
Read more to consistently positive projection of all matters melodic, motivic and rhythmic, his own recordings of the two orchestral symphonies are, and will probably remain, peerless.

Dutoit's 1981 Suisse Romande recordings of them come closer than any modern rival (Rattle in the Symphony in Three Movements excepted) to the composer's example. In Geneva, Dutoit was conducting an orchestra with plenty of experience of these scores behind it; was recording with a company whose long-standing proven ability to reproduce this orchestra with needle-sharp definition reached a new high with these recordings (Ansermet's timps rarely sounded as good as this; Stravinsky's never); and in a hall (Victoria Hall) whose acoustics breathed just enough fresh, natural air into and around the proceedings.

The inclusion of Dutoit's Montreal recordings of the Scherzo fantastique (like the composer's, daringly fast but more securely articulated) and the Symphonies of Wind Instruments (Montreal winds on peak form) generously extends what was in the 1980s Gramophone's prime recommendation for the orchestral symphonies. It remains so now for the 1990s, with the fond wish that Rattle and perhaps Harnoncourt might turn their attention to the Symphony in C. By the way, Dutoit uses the original 1920 version of the Symphonies of Wind Instruments, rather than the 1947 revision more commonly recorded (for example, Rattle and Ashkenazy). The differences are mainly in the instrumentation, and in the coda's solemn chording, though in 1920 a tuba (spectacularly recorded) can be found (at and after 5'05") amusingly filling in rests.

-- Gramophone [5/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in C by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USA 
2.
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
3.
Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3 by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; Russia 
4.
Symphonies of Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 

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