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STRAVINSKY, I.: 125th Anniversary Album - The Rite of Spring / Violin Concerto (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 8)

Composer(s):Stravinsky, Igor
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletChoral - SecularConcertos • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.557508
Label Naxos
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This new recording of the 1967 edition of The Rite of Spring, a major landmark of twentieth century music, is released in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the birth of Stravinsky. The Violin Concerto is widely considered to be Stravinsky’s most perfect orchestral work. The Symphonies of Wind Instruments is now seen as a shorter companion opus for The Rite of Spring. It is, in any case, the last of his pre-neoclassic creations. Dedicated to Claude Debussy, Zvezdolikiy (‘The Star-Faced One’) for unaccompanied male chorus and orchestra is unique in Stravinsky’s music for its uncontrasted slow tempo and the absence of a motoric rhythm. The second half is written in homage to the French composer and includes actual imitations of his

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Robert Craft balances scholarship and enthusiasm with perceptive musicianship, and his comprehensive annotations provide an invaluable listening aid. His long association with the composer over the best part of a quartet of a century lend his performances a special authority, and these modestly priced accounts of The rite and the Violin Concerto, together with their companions here, are self recommending.



Review By Benjamin Northey,Limelight Magazine,February 2008

The ‘Robert Craft Collection’ is one of the more adventurous and interesting recording projects by Naxos and includes a very comprehensive collection of works by Strivinsky, Schoenberg and Webern. …a clean, incisive 2001 performance [of the Symphonies of Wind Instruments] bringing out the full spectrum of wind colour on offer. …If you’re mad about the Rite it’s an essential recording, fascinating to hear the emphasis Craft places on balance and colour rather than the more predictable visceral impact found in other modern recordings. Some may find it lacking in primitivism but it’s pretty amazing to hear the Philharmonia eat this score up, some of the best orchestral playing on offer today. Jennifer Frautschi is a real surprise in

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Review By UK,Naxos,June 2007

�A record of the year. No question about it. This is a stupendous collection conducted by the legendary and controversial Robert Craft with the great Philharmonia at its earthy best in one of the most intelligently-paced performances of The Rite of Spring on record. Jennifer Frautschi scorches the ears with her bristling account of the Violin Concerto, the playing of the Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble in the Symphonies of Wind Instruments will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end, while the Orchestra of St Luke�s and the Gregg Smith Singers overwhelm with the profundity of their performance in the little-known Zvezdolikiy.� Review (5 stars) The Herald by Michael Tumelty, 16th June

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Review By UK,Naxos,June 2007

�A record of the year. No question about it. This is a stupendous collection conducted by the legendary and controversial Robert Craft with the great Philharmonia at its earthy best in one of the most intelligently-paced performances of The Rite of Spring on record. Jennifer Frautschi scorches the ears with her bristling account of the Violin Concerto, the playing of the Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble in the Symphonies of Wind Instruments will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end, while the Orchestra of St Luke�s and the Gregg Smith Singers overwhelm with the profundity of their performance in the little-known Zvezdolikiy.� Review (5 stars) The Herald by Michael Tumelty, 16th June

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2007

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Stravinsky's birth, Naxos have taken Robert Craft into the studio to record the conventional 1967 concert version of the Le Sacre du Printemps incorporating changes taking it back to the original 1913 ballet score. Craft, who worked with Stravinsky in his later years and combined with him in preparing the composer's own complete recording of his orchestral works, has always insisted that his recordings are not intended?to perpetuate Stravinsky's own interpretations, and also cites the composer's very differing performances as the years progressed. The enclosed booklet details the events leading up to the Paris premiere of Le Sacre, and though interesting an analysis of how the 1967 version

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