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3 Symphonies

I. Stravinsky Audio CD

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Listen  1. Symphony in C - 1. Moderato Alla Breve - Tempo Agitato Senza Troppo Accelerare - Tempo I10:42Album Only
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic Stravinsky recordings from Ansermet 23 Feb 2011
By jsa - Published on
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This disc includes three Stravinsky essentials, in the following order: the Symphony in C (1940), Symphony in Three Movements (1945), and Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920). The Symphony in C was written during an extremely difficult period in the composer's life - his mother, wife and eldest daughter died from tuberculosis within the space of a year and Stravinsky himself contracted the disease - yet there's no evidence of these tragedies in the music. The Symphony is a tribute to his ability not just to survive these events, but to overcome them. The Symphony in Three Movements was written between 1942 and 1945, and even though Stravinsky claimed that the work was not programmatic, in 1963 he linked each of the three movements to specific images from the War. If there's any influence to be heard, it's Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celestia, which the Symphony clearly echoes in two places. The Symphony has always been one of my favorite works from this composer and this is an excellent performance of it. The program closes with the Symphonies of Wind Instruments, a short early work that was written as a tribute to Debussy after that composer's death. There's nothing Debussyian about it - it's pure Stravinsky.

Ernest Ansermet's authority in the music of Stravinsky was unsurpassed. He had a close working relationship with the composer for a quarter of a century and was involved in the original productions of a number of his most significant works including The Firebird, The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, The Soldier's Tale, The Song of the Nightingale and Pulcinella. Ansermet's recordings, which were both meticulous and inspired, were the ones to have even after Stravinsky himself took up the baton.

These recordings date from 1960-61, and while they can't compete with today's state of the art sonics, they are in reasonably good stereo sound. The performances themselves are irreplaceable.

Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative recordings! 7 Feb 2013
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
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The well known relationship between Stravinsky and Ansermet allowed to develop the mastery of chiaroscuro, serene objectivity and incisive mathematical coldness are part of the directorial palette.

Ansermet as well as Markevitch collide in this aspect. And the whole result is more than surprising. It's absolutely idiomatic with an atmosferic phrasing and nuance all the way through.

Hence its historical reputation and consolidated prestige. There's no reason for you to leave aside this album from your collection.

A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and still excellent Ernest Ansermet Stravinsky recording 13 Sep 2012
By jt52 - Published on
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I grew up listening to the Ernest Ansermet/Suisse Romande recording of Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements and have always found it the most exciting and most natural version of the alternatives I have heard. Ansermet's approach is unfussy and direct, creating a dramatic rendition that continues to please.

The Symphony in Three Movements continues to be one of Stravinsky's most popular works - and I well understand why. It's a blunter composition than others from his pen, such as the Symphony in C, a 30-minute neoclassic work done with a look backward at Haydn and Mozart, which I find somewhat uneven and certainly less engrossing and taking than the Symphony in Three Movements. While the Larghetto is an attractive Haydnesque movement, the finale has to be one of the most intentionally perverse and strange pieces by Stravinsky, and I find the opening Moderator to meander despite the rhythmic punctuation. So the Symphony in Three Movements I think is clearly the better of the two works.

The earlier Symphonies for Wind Instruments from 1920 is a short single-movement work that has justly attracted special attention. Part of Stravinsky's stylistic arsenal is the "interruption" technique, where one music thread/texture is abruptly changed to another -- in contrast to most music, which contains efforts at transition between contrasting music. The "Rite of Spring" is the best instantiation of this style, with violent, abrupt shifts forming the ballet's bedrock style. What if we were to take that "interruption" technique and remove any sort of directional flow from the equation? Would the music become aimless, even timeless, a series of fragments? The Symphonies is an experiment in that direction. The recording by a young Simon Rattle and the Nash Ensemble on Chandos continues to be my favorite recording of the Symphonies, but Ansermet's is close behind it and is very good.

The recordings here date from 1960 and 1961 with good recorded sound. Terrific CD.
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