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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Apollon Musagete / Gardiner

Stravinsky / London Symphony Orchestra / Gardiner
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 751   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Stuart SkeltonJennifer JohnstonGidon SaksFanny Ardant
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi ChoirLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the LSO on this his first release for LSO Live, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Apollon musagète. Also featured on the release are the Gentlemen of the Monteverdi Choir, considered one of the world’s leading choirs, and a mix of international and home-grown soloists including Jennifer Johnston and Stuart Skelton. French actress Fanny Ardant, who has appeared in over 50 motion pictures, takes the role of narrator.

Oedipus Rex and Apollon musagète are both ancient Greek themed works by Stravinsky. The rich string harmonies and textures in the ballet score of Apollon musagète are pleasantly mesmerizing, expressive and calmly indulgent. In contrast, the dramatic and hauntingly
Read more compelling opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex is composed of an assemblage of monumental and powerful sounds, such as playful woodwinds, robust brass and agile strings, with magnificent vocals from the choir and soloists. - LSO Live

"Oedipus Rex, based on Sophocles' tragedy, is an extremely powerful and original work for the theatre or concert hall, but Stravinsky by contrast, described it as an assemblage of 'whatever came to hand', from the sounds of Baroque oratorio and Italian opera to Wagner's music dramas." - BBC Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Oedipus rex by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Stuart Skelton (Tenor), Jennifer Johnston (Alto), Gidon Saks (Bass Baritone),
Fanny Ardant (Voice)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; France 
2. Apollon musagète by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 

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