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Shadow Dances - Stravinsky: Miniatures / Orpheus Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453458   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Susan PalmaDennis GodburnFrank MorelliChris Gekker,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber OrchestraOrpheus Chamber Orchestra members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc contains note-perfect performances of some real gems, particularly the charming two Suites for Small Orchestra, the Concertino, and Ragtime. Both the Concerto in D and the Octet have always stuck me as excessively dry, and here the accuracy of the playing, which sometimes verges on the mechanical, exaggerates the music's impersonal qualities. Of course, others may love those pieces for precisely this reason, and it doesn't seem to me a big enough issue to preclude an overall recommendation. Still, it's an issue. The other works, some of them very tiny indeed, range from the cute (Tango; Scherzo à la russe) to the strange (Fanfare for a New Theatre; Duet for Two Bassoons), and pose no particular interpretive problems. Read more Overall, this is a fine release and a good way to get a lot of minor Stravinsky in one handy package. The sonics are clean and clear. [7/30/2000]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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This collection conveniently brings together many of Stravinsky's short pieces, which are occasionally found as filler on other discs or not at all. Count it as a considerable bonus that these often misplaced miniatures receive lively interpretations here, by one of the world's best chamber ensembles. These compositions are valuable for the insights they give of Stravinsky's varied stylistic developments. His neo-Classical period is well-represented. However, some earlier experiments are included, namely the Pieces (3) for string quartet and the Suites (2), in which the composer struggled to find new directions. The Fanfare for a New Theatre, coming late in Stravinsky's career, is the slightest of the selections, but interesting for being his last work associated with ballet. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra adjusts well to the changing styles and approaches each piece with the right balance of seriousness and mischief. Especially engaging are the Tango, the Octet, and the Ragtime for 11 instruments, where the musicians are allowed a bit more room to stretch out. The closing track, Scherzo à la Russe, reminiscent of the "Shrove-tide Fair" in Petrushka, receives the most boisterous performance. The recorded sound is excellent, capturing all the subtle timbral nuances that make this music ingratiating.

-- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tango by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Suite no 1 for small Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1925; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Suite no 2 for small Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for String Orchestra in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 11 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Concertino for 12 instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Octet for Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Susan Palma (Flute), Dennis Godburn (Bassoon), Frank Morelli (Bassoon),
Chris Gekker (Trumpet), Raymond Mase (Trumpet), Michael Powell (Trombone),
John Rojak (Trombone), Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923/1952; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 14 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7.
Pieces (3) for String Quartet by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Todd Phillips (Violin), Naoko Tanaka (Violin), Maureen Gallagher (Viola),
Eric Bartlett (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Preludium for Jazz Band by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Rag-time for 11 instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
10.
Duet for 2 Bassoons by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Frank Morelli (Bassoon), Dennis Godburn (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
Fanfare for a New Theatre by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Chris Gekker (Trumpet), Raymond Mase (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 0 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Scherzo à la russe by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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