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STRAVINSKY, I.: Symphony in C / Symphony in 3 Movements / Octet / Dumbarton Oaks (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 10)

Composer(s):Stravinsky, Igor
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557507
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

With neo-classical works such as those on this disc, Stravinsky showed that great music could still be composed with the simplest of means, recalling Beethoven’s achievement yet using his own thoroughly modern rhythmic vitality, grace and refinement. The Robert Craft Collection has been acclaimed as “one of the more adventurous and interesting recording projects by Naxos”, with individual titles receiving the highest praise: “an almost unsurpassable choice” (8.557501), “as with all the releases in this magnificent series, the performances are excellent” (8.557502), “a disc of major importance” (8.557508).


Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2009

Much has been written of Stravinsky’s own recordings where interpretations drastically changed with the passing of time, so that any advertising tag of ‘definitive’ became meaningless. Yet in Robert Craft I feel we have an ideal distillation of those changing moods, with tempos that seem to fit the music perfectly, while retaining the attention to detail that are an intrinsic part of Stravinsky’s neo-classical period. Of course Craft had the benefit of working with Stravinsky for more than twenty years, and he remains our only authoritative living guide to the music. The two symphonies were recorded with the in London with the Philharmonia in 1999, and you don’t need to go very far into the C major to hear the exactness of dynamics that Craft



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