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STRAVINSKY, I.: Duo concertant / Sonata for 2 Pianos / Requiem Canticles (Frautschi, Denk, Philharmonia Orchestra, Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 12)

Composer(s):Stravinsky, IgorTchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletChamber MusicChoral - SacredInstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.557532
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The acclaimed Naxos Robert Craft Stravinsky Edition continues with this fascinating album of diverse pieces by one of the 20th Century’s iconic composers. The Duo Concertant reconciles the contrasting timbres of violin and piano, while the breezy Sonata for Two Pianos, written in America, draws on Russian themes. The Requiem Canticles was performed at Stravinsky’s funeral, while the ‘sacred ballad’ Abraham and Isaac is a dramatic and moving retelling of the Old Testament story. The Élégie for solo viola is one of his most affecting works, and Bluebird is a loving arrangement for chamber orchestra of excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.


   




Review By James Manheim,Allmusic.com,June 2011

The Naxos label has earned justifiable praise for its ongoing series of Stravinsky recordings under Robert Craft, the conductor who introduced a good deal Stravinsky’s music to the public. He also introduced much of the music of the Second Viennese School to Stravinsky, who was persuaded to jump onto the serialist bandwagon late in life. Craft’s rather dry, deliberate readings quite resemble those in the Stravinsky recordings he made in the 1950s and 1960s, and the general level of craft achieved by a conductor aged 85. This said, the program here has an odds-and-ends feel, mixing neo-classic works from the 1930s and 1940s and serialist works from the 1960s that have been part of the textbooks ever since, but have never really held the concert stage. The chief

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