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Stravinsky: Symphonies / Solti, Chicago SO & Chorus


Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 458898   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony ChorusGlen Ellyn Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are virtuoso scores, and they receive appropriate treatment from the Chicago Orchestra.

Ever the pragmatist, Stravinsky composed both the Symphony of Psalms and the Symphony in C ‘to the glory of God’, and dedicated them at the same time to the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, respectively. The first of them, with its unique sonorities (the staccato opening chord alone is enough to identify its composer beyond any doubt), and the haunting ‘Allelujahs’ of its finale, is one of Stravinsky’s authentic masterpieces – at once austere and intensely dramatic. This altogether fine performance was one of Solti’s very last recordings, and there surely could have been no more fitting way for him to bow out.
Read more /> The Symphony in C is a rather more impersonal affair, though both the sombre slow introduction - scored for low bassoons and brass alone - to its finale, and its concluding apotheosis, have deep resonance. As for the Symphony in Three Movements, composed in the Hollywood of the early 1940s, much of it sounds disturbingly like self-parody (there are strong echoes of Le Sacre), and its finale is uncharacteristically bombastic. These are virtuoso scores, and they receive appropriate treatment from the Chicago Orchestra, though Solti surely drives the graceful opening movement of the Symphony in C too hard.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1948; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 21 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Symphony in C by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 28 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3. Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/02/1998 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 22 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony in 3 Movements: 1. Allegro
Symphony in 3 Movements: 2. Andante - Interlude (L'istesso tempo)-
Symphony in 3 Movements: 3. Con moto
Symphony in C: 1. Moderato alla breve - Tempo agitato senza troppo accelerare - Tempo I
Symphony in C: 2. Larghetto concertante -
Symphony in C: 3. Allegretto - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Più mosso - Tempo I
Symphony in C: 4. Largo - Tempo giusto, alla breve - Poco meno mosso
Symphonie de Psaumes: 1. Exaudi orationem meam, Domine
Symphonie de Psaumes: 2. Expectans expectavi Dominum
Symphonie de Psaumes: 3. Alleluia, laudate Dominum

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