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Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Mono Years Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 20 1998)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000C3SN
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Disc: 1
1. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene I - Prologue
2. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene II: A Village Fete
3. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene III: By The Mill
4. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene III: Pas de deux -- Entree
5. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene III: Adagio
6. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene III: Variation
7. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene III: Coda
8. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene III: Scene
9. Le baiser de la Fee: Scene IV: Epilogue - (Berceuse Of The Eternal Dwellings)
10. Symphony In C: I Moderato alla breve
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Overture: Allegro moderato
2. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Serenata. Larghetto
3. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Scherzino. Allegro
4. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Più vivo - Allegro
5. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Andantino
6. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Allegro
7. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Ancora poco meno ('Contento forse')
8. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Allegro assai
9. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Allegro - alla breve ('Con queste')
10. Pulcinella - (Ballet With Song In One Act After Pergolesi - Complete): Andante ('Sento dire')
See all 43 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Stravinsky recorded many of his works more than once, becoming more adept as a conductor as the years went by. These recordings from the 1950s are not his last word and sometimes (most notably with the singers in Pulcinella) the performance falls far short of his later, stereo remakes. But at their best, particularly in the Octet and the L'Histoire du Soldat suite, these performances are dazzling. They reflect a time when Stravinsky was younger and more vigorous than in the stereo era, and they deserve to be well known. --Joe McLellan

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb657eb70) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb63f815c) out of 5 stars Essential recording for a Stravinsky library June 29 2000
By Keith Peters - Published on
Igor Stravinsky proves in these recordings that he was a master conductor of his own music. The Pulcinella complete ballet has never sounded so vibrant. The Symphony in C is crisp and energetic with its fourth movement final chorale very poignant. Add the Octet, the Tchaikovskian Fairy's Kiss, and the suite from L'Histoire and you have two very full discs of authoritative Stravinsky. Sony has taken these gems from the early to mid 50s Columbia Masterworks Catalog, remastered the Severance Hall recordings,and has put an excellent package around it. Tim Page may be one of the best writers on music around and these liner notes are no exception. The mono sound is perfectly serviceable. Get this one quick!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6447fcc) out of 5 stars A must for lovers of Stravinsky's music June 21 2000
By Keith Peters - Published on
This is a truly fantastic CD. I had heard that the early 50s Stravinsky led recordings of his own music were wonderful but I had no idea that they were this good. All of the selections on this two CD package are wonderful; in the case of the Symphony in C, L'Histoire du Soldat, and Pulcinella, they could be first choices for your library. The packaging by Sony Classical is first-rate. Scoop this up before it goes out of print.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6448498) out of 5 stars Excellent remastering of classic Stravinsky recordings Oct. 27 2012
By music fan - Published on
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The reviewer hits it right on the nose regarding this set. Stravinsky was not a conductor at the start of his career, but began to conduct his own works in public in the 1920s when he was in his mid-forties, doubtless in part because he needed the income. Some of his earliest recordings are not entirely successful (at least in my opinion), but by the time he made the ones in this set in the early 1950s, he was truly expert in getting his players to produce what he had in mind, as much as any composer/conductor I can think of. Sometimes his recordings feature studio or pickup groups that are not quite on par with the top orchestras, but they often are, and his performances are always well worth hearing.

Amazon's reviewer mentions the splendid Histoire and Octet. Stravinsky did stereo versions in 1961, though the stereo Histoire features Los Angeles musicians, including violinist Israel Baker, rather than the New York-based musicians in this 1954 version, which includes violinist Alexander Schneider. All of these are excellent, but the Histoire and Octet here, in excellent mono sound, get my vote as more dramatic and exciting overall.

The original LP of the Histoire and Octet is a rare collector's item (the excellent notes to this set, by Tim Page, actually mention this), and the CD sound is superior to that of the original LPs, so it's great to see this set at a low price again. Grab it quickly before only the expensive ones are left.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6448c60) out of 5 stars The fusion of two composers through the times! Aug. 10 2005
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on
Pulcinella: a "ballet with songs" in one act and eight scenes, was composed in 1919-1920. The relation between both composers Pergolesi and Stravinsky is far from being obscure. There's an admirable blending process: The instrumentation is purely Stravinsky and the melodies are all by Giovanni Baptista. Even the forms of the individual pieces sometimes have been lifted whole and without change from Pergolesi, but other times they have been expanded or remodeled to a very considerable degree.

Stravinsky remembers the production of Pulcinella at the Paris opera in 1920, as one of his most theatrical experiences. Imagine the prodigious spectacle: scenery and costumes by Picasso and Ernest Ansermet conducting: A true God's dish.

In this recording we have to the composer in front of one of the most dynamical orchestras at that special moment. Recorded in December 14, 1953, Severance Hall, Cleveland.

The exquisite cast included Mary Simmons, Soprano, Glenn Schnittke, Tenor and Phillip MacGregor, Bass.

The kiss of the fairy has other superior readings such Ansermet Suisse Romande for instance and I guess The Symphony in C is interesting but without dazzling spirit.

But the collection is important for all hard collector that wishes to follow the traces of the music in the XX Century.

A historical issue all the way.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb64551c8) out of 5 stars Excellent examples of Stravinsky as conductor, in fine remastering Jan. 24 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
This collection of Stravinsky's monaural recordings for Columbia Records is out of print and very expensive, so it might help for the prospective buyer to know exactly what lies in store.

CD 1 and half of CD 2 derive from sessions with the Cleveland Orch. in Dec. 1955. The works are The Fairy's Kiss, Sym. in C, and Pulcinella (complete with vocal soloists, in this case local Clevelandrs, I believe). CD 2 is rounded out with the L'Histoire du Soldat Suite and the Octet, derived from sessions in Jan. 1954 in New York. The small ensemble consists of outstanding freelances and members of the NY Phil. They are recorded cearly and very close up.

The Cleveland recordings re in spacious, detailed monaural sound that has remastered very well; these could be mistaken for modern recordings. Stravinsky made very good stereo remakes of the Sym. in C and Pulcinella, but the earlier versions are tidier and better played. The composer was somewhat less fierce in the Sym. in C in 1955. A deciding factor in Pulcinella might be that the vocal soloists in the later, stereo version are so much better -- the Cleveland singers really struggle at times.

His remakes of The Fairy's Kiss and L'Histoire weren't nearly as good as these early accounts, however, in terms of rhythmic vigor and ensemble.
Which leaves the Octet. I haven't listened to the stereo remake recently - I did audition all the others -- but this early one is exceptionally good, and with a small chamber group it hardly matters that it's in mono.

In the final analysis, everything on these two CDs shows Stravinsky the conductor at his best. I assume that the sellers at Amazon are offering the deluxe packaaging of the original releases on Masterworks Heritage -- at these prices, they should be.