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The Essential Stravinsky / Järvi, Suisse Romande Orchestra


Release Date: 08/27/2002 
Label:  Chandos Collect Catalog #: 6654   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lydia MordkovitchStephen JeandheurBoris BermanMichel Brodard,   ... 
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande OrchestraLausanne Pro Arte ChorusSuisse Romande Chamber Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

5 Disc Set!

Back in the early 1990s when all was well with the classical music record world and Chandos "house" conductor Neeme Järvi was recording everything in sight, this five-disc set went largely unnoticed. This is a pity, as it contains some superb performances by an orchestra with a long Stravinsky tradition, and Järvi's dedication to this composer has produced some of his finest efforts. In his typically direct and exciting way, he turns in outstanding performances of the 1911 Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and all three symphonies (the early E-flat, "in Three Movements", and "in C"). Song of the Nightingale and the Piano Concerto and Capriccio (with Boris Berman and
Read more Geoffrey Tozer respectively) also rank with the best, as do the Symphony of Psalms and the Violin Concerto (with Lydia Mordkovitch).


It also was very enterprising of Chandos to include the late choral works Canticum Sacrum and Requiem Canticles. In fact, the only real weakness here occurs in Oedipus Rex, not because of Järvi but on account of some less than attractive solo singing (especially Gabriele Schnaut's Jocasta). Excellent recorded sound tops off a very solid package, though the programming strikes me more as a grab-bag assortment than an "essential" collection, and the lack of texts further reduces this set's claims. But if you like Stravinsky and missed these performances the first time around, you should give Järvi a second chance.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Russia 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
2. Concerto for Violin in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
3. Symphony in C by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USA 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
4. Chant du rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Stephen Jeandheur (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
5. Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
6. Concerto for Piano and Winds by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Boris Berman (Piano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
7. Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Notes: Composition written: Switzerland (1911).
Composition revised: 1947. 
8. Apollon musagète by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Notes: Composition written: France (1927 - 1928). 
9. Circus Polka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
10. Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Notes: Composition written: Switzerland (1911 - 1913).
Composition revised: USA (1943). 
11. Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Michel Brodard (Bass), Frieder Lang (Tenor)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Language: Latin 
12. Requiem Canticles by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Irène Friedli (Alto), Michel Brodard (Bass)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; USA 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Language: Latin 
13. Chorale Variations on "Von Himmel hoch da komm' ich her" by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1956; USA 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Language: German 
14. Oedipus rex by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Jean Piat (Spoken Vocals), Rudolf Rosen (Bass), Günter von Kannen (Bass),
Franz Grundheber (Baritone), Peter Svensson (Tenor), Gabriele Schnaut (Soprano),
Rubén Amoretti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Language: Latin 
15. Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Brassus Chorale  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1948; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
16. Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1929; France 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1: I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1: II. Scherzo: Allegretto
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1: III. Largo
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1: IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Violin Concerto in D major: I. Toccata
Violin Concerto in D major: II. Aria I
Violin Concerto in D major: III. Aria II
Violin Concerto in D major: IV. Capriccio
Symphony of Psalms: I. Exaudi orationem meam, Domine
Symphony of Psalms: II. Expectans expectavi Dominum
Symphony of Psalms: III. Alleluja, laudate Dominum
Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale): Presto -
Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale): Marche chinoise
Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale): Le Chant du rossignol -
Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale): Le Jeu du Rossignol mecanique
Symphony in 3 Movements: I. quarter note = 160
Symphony in 3 Movements: II. Andante - Piu mosso - Tempo I
Symphony in 3 Movements: III. Con moto
Capriccio: I. Presto
Capriccio: II. Andante rapsodico
Capriccio: III. Allegro capriccioso ma sempre giusto
Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments: I. Largo - Allegro - Piu mosso - Maestoso (Largo con principo)
Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments: II. Largo - Piu Mosso - Doppia valore - Tempo primo
Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments: III. Allegro - Agitato - Lento - Stringendo

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