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Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale, Dumbarton Oaks / Northern Co


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553662   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  David TimsonBenjamin SoamesJonathan KeebleNicholas Ward,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After the tremendous success of his early ballets, Igor Stravinsky changed focus in several ways, from modernism to neoclassicism, and from large ensembles to very small ones. 'The Soldier's Tale' was part of this change, a theater piece for three actors and seven musicians, with music that reflected distinctly non-Russian influences such as tango and ragtime. The work has become most popular in suite form, partly because C. F. Ramuz's sing-song spoken text, originally in French, is seen by many as tiresome and overly moralistic. In this performance, the text is heard in a popular English translation by Michael Flanders. Nicholas Ward leads the Northern Chamber Orchestra in a solid performance that features nice solo turns from all Read more concerned, including Ward himself on violin. The disc also includes Stravinsky's ersatz Brandenburg, the "Dumbarton Oaks" Concerto in E flat. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  David Timson (Spoken Vocals), Benjamin Soames (Spoken Vocals), Jonathan Keeble (Spoken Vocals),
Nicholas Ward (Violin), James Manson (Double Bass), Nicholas Cox (Clarinet),
Catherine Baker (Bassoon), David Carstairs (Trumpet), Richard Scoates (Trombone),
Paul Patrick (Percussion)
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 11/07/1995 
Venue:  Studio 7, Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 60 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: The narration in this selection was recorded on June 9, 1998 at Bucks Audio Recording. 
2.
Concerto in E flat major "Dumbarton Oaks" by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Date of Recording: 03/07/1996 
Venue:  Studio 7, Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 15 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: I. The Soldier's March
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: II. Soldier: Phew... this isn't a bad sort of spot...
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: III. Airs by a Stream
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: IV. He is a little old man...
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: V. The Soldier's March (Reprise)
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: VI. Soldier: Hurray, here we are!
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: VII. Pastorale
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: VIII. Narrator: In the Market Place...
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: IX. Pastorale
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: X. Narrator: He took the book and began to read
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: XI. Airs by a Stream (Reprise)
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: XII. Soldier: They have nothing - and yet they have it all.
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part I: XIII. Airs by a Stream (Reprise)
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: I. The Soldier's March (Reprise)
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: II. Narrator: Now he comes to another land
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: III. The Royal March
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: IV. Narrator: They gave the word for the band to play
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: V. The Little Concert
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: VI. Narrator: The princess is lying on her bed
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: VII. Tango
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: VIII. Valse
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: IX. Ragtime
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: X. Narrator: The Soldier and the Princess are in each other's arms
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: XI. The Devil's Dance
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: XII. Narrator: The Devil falls exhausted
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: XIII. Little Chorale
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: XIV. The Devil's Song
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: XV. Great Chorale
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: XVI. Narrator: 'Suppose, suppose we went there!'
Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (performed in English): Part II: XVII. Triumphal March of the Devil
Concerto in E flat major, "Dumbarton Oaks": I. Tempo giusto
Concerto in E flat major, "Dumbarton Oaks": II. Allegretto
Concerto in E flat major, "Dumbarton Oaks": III. Con moto

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