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Stravinsky: Chamber Works & Rarities / Ashkenazy, Dutoit


Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 473810   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Alan BrindDimitri AshkenazyVladimir AshkenazyCristina Bianchi,   ... 
Conductor:  Vladimir AshkenazyCharles DutoitRiccardo ChaillyErnest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble OrchestraMontreal Sinfonietta OrchestraMontreal Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tempos are just as brisk and alert as Stravinsky’s and the accents just as incisive, but these qualities are combined with a beautiful soft-grained tone. A wonderful disc.

The earliest piece on this disc is the delightful Pastorale, written in 1907, when Stravinsky was 25; the latest is the enigmatic Epitaphium, written 52 years later. In between come a clutch of pieces from that fascinating period of Stravinsky’s life when he was moving from Russianism to neo-classicism via jazz. The remaining two, the Octet of 1923 and the Septet of 1953, are both firmly in Stravinsky’s witty, poised neo-classical style, though the Septet is moving towards new, tougher territory.

Stravinsky himself made classic
Read more recordings of these pieces in the Sixties, now reissued on CD on the Sony label. These are always electric, if sometimes a little untidy, and so closely recorded you feel the players are sitting in your lap. By that lofty benchmark this new recording measures up superbly. Tempos are just as brisk and alert as Stravinsky’s, the accents just as incisive. These qualities are combined with a beautiful soft-grained tone – a nice change from Stravinsky’s lemon-sharp sound. The Septet in particular came up very fresh: in the composer’s version the middle movement felt gruff and crabbed; here it has a mysterious grave quality, as of a procession seen through a veil. A wonderful disc.

-- Ivan Hewett, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the Ashkenazy performances, originally released as Decca 448177
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rag-time for 11 instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Alan Brind (Violin), Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall & Wa 
2.
Octet for Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923/1952; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall & Wa 
3.
Pieces (3) for Clarinet solo by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall & Wa 
4.
L'histoire du soldat: Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Alan Brind (Violin), Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall & Wa 
5.
Pastorale for Violin, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Bassoon by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
6.
Concertino for 12 instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall & Wa 
7.
Septet by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Soloists Ensemble Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall & Wa 
8.
Epitaphium by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy (Clarinet), Cristina Bianchi (Harp), Lorna McGhee (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall & Wa 
9.
Concerto in E flat major "Dumbarton Oaks" by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
10.
Concerto for 2 Pianos by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1935; France 
11.
Concerto for String Orchestra in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
12.
Danses concertantes by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
13.
Etudes (4) for Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928/1952; France 
14.
Four Norwegian Moods by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
15.
Suite no 1 for small Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1925; France 
16.
Suite no 2 for small Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 

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