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Stravinsky: Duo Concertant, Sonata For 2 Pianos, Requiem Canticles / Frautschi, Denk, Craft

Stravinsky / Craft / Frautschi / Burgess / Pao
Release Date: 04/26/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557532  
Composer:  Igor StravinskyPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jennifer FrautschiJeremy DenkMaarten Van RaatRalph van Raat,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraSimon Joly Chorus20th Century Classics Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Craft always conducts splendid late Stravinsky, or selects the best players to do the chamber works full justice, and so it proves here. Granted, the program is a bit of a mish-mash, but that’s only to be expected given the composer and the length of each work. In the Duo, Frautschi and Denk play with just the right crispness and clarity, and you’ll search in vain for a better version of Abraham and Isaac (not that there are all that many). In short, if you’ve been collecting this series, which Naxos hopefully will box up complete someday, then you’ll want to add this disc to your library as well.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Robert Craft always conducts splendid late Stravinsky, or selects the best players to do the chamber works full justice, and so it proves here. Granted, the program is a bit of a mish-mash, but that’s only to be expected given the composer and the length of each work. In the Duo, Frautschi and Denk play with just the right crispness and clarity, and you’ll search in vain for a better version of Abraham and Isaac (not that there are all that many). In short, if you’ve been collecting this series, which Naxos hopefully will box up complete someday, then you’ll want to add this disc to your library as well.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Duo concertant for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Jennifer Frautschi (Violin), Jeremy Denk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; France 
2.
Sonata for 2 Pianos by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Maarten Van Raat (Piano), Ralph van Raat (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
3.
Requiem Canticles by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sally Burgess (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Simon Joly Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; USA 
4.
Abraham and Isaac by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  David Wilson-Johnson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
5.
Elégie for Viola solo by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Richard O'Neill (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
6.
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  20th Century Classics Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
Notes: Arrangement: Igor Stravinsky 

Sound Samples

Duo concertant: I. Cantilene
Duo concertant: II. Eglogue I
Duo concertant: III. Eglogue II
Duo concertant: IV. Gigue
Duo concertant: V. Dithyrambe
Sonata for 2 Pianos: I. Moderato
Sonata for 2 Pianos: II. Theme with Variations
Sonata for 2 Pianos: III. Allegretto
Requiem Canticles: Prelude
Requiem Canticles: Exaudi
Requiem Canticles: Dies irae -
Requiem Canticles: Tuba mirum
Requiem Canticles: Interlude
Requiem Canticles: Rex tremendae
Requiem Canticles: Lacrimosa
Requiem Canticles: Libera me
Requiem Canticles: Postlude
Abraham and Isaac
Elegie
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. I. Stravinsky): Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Adagio
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. I. Stravinsky): Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Variation 1: Tempo di valse
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. I. Stravinsky): Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Variation 2: Andantino
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. I. Stravinsky): Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Coda - Con moto

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