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Simon Rattle - Stravinsky [4 CD Box Set] (2009)

2-03-2015, 16:35
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Simon Rattle - Stravinsky [4 CD Box Set] (2009)

Artist: Simon Rattle
Title Of Album: Stravinsky
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: EMI
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (Tracks)/MP3
Bitrate: Lossless/320 kbps
Time: 04:27:24 min
Total Size: 992 mb/613 mb
WWW: allmusic

Review from amazon:
On the used market this 4-CD set is so cheap that it's self-recommending. From an early age Rattle made his mark in Stravinsky, pushing the young, inexperienced Birmingham orchestra to match his vision. At the time England was bereft of major conductors devoted to Stravinsky; it had been decades since Colin Davis peered beyond the three most famous ballets, Petrushka, Firebird, and Le Sacre. Rattle went much deeper, and by the time he turned forty, he had recorded as much Stravinsky as Bernstein or Solti and considerabyy more than Karajan.

How do these performances hold up today The best are the glittering incidental works like Scherzo a la Russe (Rattle even unearths thee original dance-band arrangement) and the complete Firebird, which makes up in vibrancy and imagination what it lacks in virtuosity. The worst is a wan, underinflected Apollo that's too refined (or British?) for its own good. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this Rite of Spring or Petrushka over half a dozen others, but at this price, they are freebies. Aside from Birmingham, the Northern Sinfonia appears in Pulcinella -- done rather tamely but with goodish singers -- and the noted clarinetist Michael Collins and the London Sinfonietta do the Ebony Concerto, a nice, moody reading that turns edgy in the third movement. An excellent Symphonies of Wind Instruments has been thrown in from Berlin, the style more elegant than I've heard before. Finally, we get seven scintillating minutes of 'Agon' rather than the complete ballet. Who knows why? Would the whole thing scare the children?

Note: There is a bit more of Rattle's Stravinsky off EMI, in particular a Symphonies of Winds with the Nash Ensemble (good but not an eye-opener) and a Rite of Spring with Great Britain's National Youth Orch. I haven't heard the latter, but since this annual gathering of talented kids features four to six winds to a part, it could be a hoot.

Simon Rattle - Stravinsky [4 CD Box Set] (2009)
01. The Firebird - Introduction
02. Tableau I - Dance of the Firebird
03. The princesses' game with the golden apples
04. Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich
05. Danceof Kaschei's retinue under Firebird's spell
06. Lullaby (Firebird)
07. Tableau II - Disappearance of the palace and dissolution of Kaschei's enchantments
08. Scherzo a la russe (for jazz band)
09. Four Studies - Danse
10. Excentrique
11. Cantique
12. Madrid
13. Scherzo a la russe (orchestral version)

01. Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Premier tableau (prologue)- Naissance d'Apollo
02. Deuxième tableaux - Variation d'Apollon (Apollon et les Muses)
03. Pas d'action (Apollon et les trois Muses- Calliope
04. Variation de Calliope (l'Alexandrin)
05. Variation de Polymnie
06. Variation de Terpsichore
07. Variation d'Apollon
08. Pas de deux (Apollon et Terpsichore)
09. Coda (Apollon et les Muses)
10. Apothéose
11. The Rite Of Spring, 'Le Sacre Du Printemps' (1947 Revised Version), Part 1- L'Adoration De La Terre- Introduction - Les Augures
12. Rond Printanières - Jeux D
13. Le Sage - Danse De La Terr
14. Part 2- Le Sacrifice- Introduction
15. Cercles Mystérieux Des Adolescentes
16. Glorification De L'Élue - Évocation D
17. Danse Sacrale (L'Élue)

01. Petrushka - 1. Tableau - Fкte populaire de la semaine grasse
02. Le tour de passe-passe - Danse russe
03. 2. Tableau - Chez Petrushka
04. 3. Tableau - Chez le maure - Danse de la ballerine
05. Valse - La ballerine et le maure
06. 4. Tableau - Fкte populaire de la semaine grasse
07. Danse de nounous
08. Paysan et l'ours
09. Bohemien et marchand malhonnкte
10. Danse des cochers et des palefreniers
11. Les deguises
12. Le rixe - Le maure et Petrushka
13. Mort de Petrushka
14. Police et l'enchanteur - Vociferation du double de Petrushka
15. Symphony in three movements - 1. Viertel - 160
16. 2. Andante (Achtel - 76) - Interlude (L'istesso tempo
17. 3. Con moto (Viertel - 180)
18. Symphonies of wind instruments (Berliner Philharmoniker)

01. Pulcinella - Ouverture (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
02. Mentre l'erbetta pasce l'agnella (tenor) (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra
03. Contento forse vivere (soprano) (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
04. Con queste paroline (bass) (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra
05. Sento dire no'nce pace (trio) (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra
06. Una te falan zemprece (tenor) (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
07. Se tu m'ami (soprano) (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
08. Gavotta (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
09. Variation 1 (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
10. Variation 2 (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
11. Pupillette fiammette (trio) (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
12. Suite No. 1 - 1. Andante (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
13. 2. Napolitana (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra
14. 3. Espanola (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
15. 4. Balalaika (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
16. Suite No. 2 - 1. Marche (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
17. 2. Valse (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
18. 3. Polka (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
19. 4. Galop (Northern Sinfonia Orchestra)
20. Ragtime
21. Ebony Concerto - 1. Allegro moderato (London Sinfonietta)
22. 2. Andante (London Sinfonietta)
23. 3. Moderato (London Sinfonietta)
24. Agon (excerpts) - Gaillarde
25. Coda
26. Interlude
27. Four Duos
28. Four Trios

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