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Ancerl Gold Edition 14 Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Symphony of Psalms
 
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Ancerl Gold Edition 14 Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Symphony of Psalms

15 Jun 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2003
  • Label: Supraphon a.s.
  • Copyright: 2003 Supraphon
  • Total Length: 1:13:28
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  • ASIN: B003TWJJYY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,171 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By drdanfee VINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
For years I have cherished both of these works, which are presumably among the greatest that Igor Stravinsky every wrote, as well as among the greatest choral music of the past century. To have them both contained on one CD is quite handy, but even if they weren't being released together, you would do well to consider either one of these recordings. The Oedipus Rex opera-oratorio is an odd hybrid mixture of forms and styles, but not necessarily any more mixed up than a lot of other innovative music from the 20th century. It has to its advantage a variety of difficult solo sections, which in their own ways are as technically challenging to the singers as other beloved mountains of opera and of oratorio. The whole work needs a characteristic mixture of "objective distance" and passionate musical commitment, if it is to fulfill it's musical promise of engaging us with the ancient tragedy of King Oedipus. The Jocasta is very slavic sounding, as are all the other soloists; but somehow that doesn't detract at all from the impact, only further reminding us that this is a very Russian retelling of the Greek legend. The French narrator puts his own sophisticated, yet knowing, gloss on the proceedings; without being able to affect the relentless downward fall into insight as Oedipus shows himself completely guilty of the characteristic Greek sin of hubris. The tenor who sings Oedipus does an excellent job, hardly every having to struggle with either the tessitura, or the constantly moving lines he must sing. He manages a heroic, ringing tone, while keeping the musical phrase and the obsessive rhythms clear.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Paul R. Terry on 8 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first came to know the Oedipus recording as a student in the early 70's, when Stravinsky was a set composer on my course. The CD version is excellent, everything brought together under Ancerl's expert guidance, even the narration integrated into the whole. I can do no better than endorse the previous reviewer's enthusiasm, and confirm the clarity of the transfer. Stravinsky's own 2nd version from the early 60's is interesting, and he made an earlier recording in 1951 (with Peter Pears & Martha Modl in the leads, and Cocteau narrating), which is also very fine, but never made it onto CD (for details of copies, contact me on prterry@terrt.fsnet.co.uk).
This excellent disc also includes the greatest version of Symphony of Psalms ever made, worth the price just for the marvellous playing of the horn section in the 3rd movement (it's unkind to pick out just one example, but the list of details would be a long one!). I don't think we shall ever hear performances of this calibre again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is for me one of the great Stravinsky records. Ancerl is one of a very small group of conductors who regularly turned in Stravinsky performances that equaled or surpassed those recorded by Stravinsky himself (the Violin Concerto with Schneiderhan was also wonderful). I owned this account of Oedipus when it first came out - a Supraphon vinyl record in a thin but shiny red double sleeve - and I have never been as satisfied with any other version. The spoken part is in French (as it should be) and although it is not Cocteau it still has atmosphere. Ancerl's Symphony of Psalms is equally good, I think, and I love it's solid monumental quality. The critic in the Penguin Guide is far from happy with it but others have praised it highly. This is a classic.
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