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Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Schwartz, L.a. Chamber Orch

Stravinsky / Gregory / Sydow / Makave / Schwarz
Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Koch Lorber Films   Catalog #: 3016  
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

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Stravinsky’s legendary fable comes alive in this Emmy-winning animated program When the common man is faced with the devil’s temptation, can he make a deal with the devil and win? The soldier in this tale believes so, and tragically spends his life learning otherwise in this legendary fable. Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece, an adaptation of a story told by a popular Russian folklorist of that era, was penned in 1918 as a commentary tainted by the climate in Russia at the time of the Revolution. In 1980, illustrator R.O. Blechman signed on to collaborate with PBS’ Great Performances series to adapt the composition to celebrate the centennial of Stravinsky’s birth. This program went on to win the Emmy Award that year for Outstanding Individual Read more Achievement, Animated Programming and is still celebrated as a visionary triumph. “…kaleidoscopic animation extravaganza…charming and incisive…” Los Angeles Times “…imaginative…” USA Today “…an enchanting work…” The Miami Herald “…captivating…” The Tampa Tribune

Max Von Sydow • Dusan Makavejev • Galina Panova • Narration by Andre Gregory Directed By R.O. Blechman
DVD bonus features: 30 minutes of bonus footage from filmmaker R.O. Blechman's archive; feature-length filmmaker's commentary.
DVD aspect ratio 4x3 Audio 5.1 Surround Running Time 51 minutes
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Works on This Recording

L'histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Switzerland 

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