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Stravinsky: Chamber Works & Rarities (2 CDs)
 
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Stravinsky: Chamber Works & Rarities (2 CDs)

19 May 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 April 2003
  • Release Date: 19 May 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:34:36
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  • ASIN: B001N5IT2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,828 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Western on 21 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
This compendious double album does exactly what it says on the tin. Whilenot everything is top-flight Stravinsky, it is all well-recorded and theOctet, Concerto for two pianos and Dumbarton Oaks are key works well worthhaving.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A riveting collection 27 Dec. 2009
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cleverness and ingenuity may be the first characterizations that spring to mind when listening to the series of remarkable works on this double disc, but there can be little doubt that many of them - despite their modest scopes and apparent scarcity of resources - are genuine masterpieces. The programme runs the whole gamut of Stravinsky's mid- to late career and presents us with a kaleidoscope of musical dialects, proving that Stravinsky is one of those composer who needed just a minute and a dozen notes to create something of lasting significance. The Septet, for instance, is a transitional work, straddling the composer's neo-classical middle period and his late dabbling with serial techniques - it remains, however, one of his most approachable and even catchy works despite its formal complexity.

The modest Epitaphium is a late piece and fully serial, but still a stirring creation. The earlyish Ragtime (1918) sounds more experimental, however, with its strange sound-world dominated by the cimbalon. In between we find such stirring works as the Three Pieces for solo clarinet - one of the clearest examples of Stravinsky's ability to create masterpieces with modest means - wonderfully rendered here by Dmitri Ashkenazy. The Pastorale is elegant but does pack something of a punch nonetheless, and the buoyant and ebullient Concertino leaves a deeper and more lasting impression than one might think it will upon first hearing it. The Octet is gentle and charming but with a powerful snap and sparkle to it. Throughout Ashkenazy's performances are superb; mostly cool and confident and elegant - there are more rough-edged alternatives that are equally valid, but the approaches chosen here isaretruly convincing in absolutely every respect. I wouldn't want to trade the original scoring of The Soldier's Tale suite for this trio arrangement, but I have no complaints about the playing. And the recording of the concerto for two pianos - one of the composer's own favorite works, and a really stunning piece - is elegant, witty, refined and with multilayered textures, but might perhaps lack just the last bit of fire; still, it's a performance I wouldn't want to be without.

The second disc features some more substantial works (in terms of scope if not content), and at least some slightly more familiar ones. Dumbarton Oaks might receive one of the less convincing performances here - it is glittering, mechanically playful and colorful, but just a little too slow to be able to build up enough steam to make the powerful impression it can make. The Concerto in D is however superb, brisk and fresh and incisive. The Danses concertantes are lively and sharply pointed and Dutoit finds the right balance between humour and seriosity. The Quatre études are 1928 arrangementz of the Three Pieces for String Quartet and the Etude pour Pianola, although the new instrumental clothings turn them into entirely different and stirring works. The masterly, modest 2 suites are striking and excellently performed and the Four Norwegian Moods are rendered with lots of rugged character (although I have no alternative performances of either, so cannot really compare).

In short, this is a wonderful program, then, superbly played and given really good recorded sound throughtout. Not every performance might perhaps find its way to the top of the list of alternatives, but overall this is a gem of a set - consistently strong performances of striking, masterly and not the least very entertaining music; very strongly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Useful if mistitled collection 30 Oct. 2012
By Charles Knight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The reason I give this a four-star rather than five-star rating is that it uses the inferior trio version of L'Histoire du Soldat, rather than than the more familiar and certainly more interesting version for high and low instruments of various timbres. There are indeed some rarities on these two disks, but most of the pieces would be familiar to anyone who knew Stravinsky's work well. The first disk has a variety of works for small ensemble, conducted by Vladimir Askanazy, the best of which is the "Septet." I found the performances on the second disk more effective (mostly by Charles Detoit, but one each by Chailly and Ansermet), although some of the pieces are quite familiar. I purchased this disk because I had most of the music on vinyl, now inaccessible to me. This would be a valuable addition for anyone who likes the larger works of Stravinsky but does not know these.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fulfills my need for Stravinsky's distinctive style perfectly! 29 May 2013
By brotagonist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am very familiar with Stravinsky's work and have long grown weary of the popular ballets and theatre music of his Russian and Neoclassical Periods, although I do have a lingering fondness for the Soldier's Tale. My enduring fascination with Stravinsky lies primarily in the works of his later Serial Period. This set features chamber works, another passion of mine, spanning the composer's career; it fulfills my need for Stravinsky's distinctive style perfectly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rare Strav 17 Nov. 2013
By Michael E. Nader - Published on Amazon.com
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Stravinsky always amazes, always is at the forefront of 20th century music, and always at the cutting edge of what a composer can do, what sounds he can combine with what rhythm and what accompaniment. A master shows us his stuff. Bravo!
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