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STRAVINSKY, I.: Oedipus Rex / Les Noces (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 1)

Composer(s):Stravinsky, Igor
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.557499
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Oedipus Rex, based on Sophocles’ tragedy, is an established twentieth-century classic. Employing a speaker, male chorus and orchestra, it represents Stravinsky’s 1920s neo-classicism at its peak. Les Noces, an amalgam of ballet and dance cantata in four scenes for solo voices, chorus, four pianos and seventeen percussion instruments, depicts a Russian peasant wedding. One of only two theatrical works by Stravinsky to combine music with a text in his mother tongue, Les Noces is also his most Russian work, in which ritual, symbol and meaning on every level are part of his direct cultural heredity.


   




Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

This first issue in the Robert Craft collection to be issued on Naxos provides an exceptionally generous coupling of two of Stravinsky’s supreme masterpieces in excellent versions superbly recorded. Craft, the composer’s amanuensis in his later years, began conducting as a loyal helper of Stravinsky, but here he reveals himself as much more, and inspired interpreter who can reveal the fire and freshness of these two works, in performances of high voltage superbly recorded.  The distinctive timbre of Les noces with its four pianos and percussion is vividly caught, and the Western singers capture the Russian idiom well with a rustic tinge. Oedipus Rex is juts as powerfully projected with Edwards Fox as narrator in English and Martyn Hill in the title

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