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Stravinsky: Le Rossignol Box set

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  • Audio CD (8 Mar. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00369K2BE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Porté au vent, tombant au loin (Le Pêcheur/Le Rossignol)
3. Ah! Ah! Ah! (Le Rossignol/Le Pêcheur)
4. Voici l'endroit, près de ces arbres (La Cuisinère/Lourtisans/Le Chambellan/Le Bonze)
5. Beau rossignol, incomparable oiseau (Le Chambellan/Le Bonze/Le Rossignol/Courtisans/Le Pêcheur)
6. Des feux, des feux , bien vite (Choeur/Soprano/Ténor/Alto/La Cuisinière/Le Chambellan)
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Disc: 2
1. Spectateurs...(Le Speaker)
2. Kaedit nos pestis (Chorus)
3. Liberi, vos liberabo (Oedipe, Chorus)
4. Respondit deus (Créon)
5. Non reperias vetus scelus (Oedipe, Chorus)
6. Oedipe interroge la fontaine de vérité (Le Speaker, Chorus)
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Disc: 3
1. Libretto
2. Synopsis
3. Libretto
4. Synopsis
5. Libretto
6. Synopsis

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Not an easy piece of music,well sung and interpreted on this recording which had been difficult to find! Being Stravinsky it's well worth persevering with.
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11 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the full mini-opera, "the Nightingale" ("Solovey" in Russian, "Rossignol" in French), not the more famous orchestral "song of the nightingale" which was cut from the opera by Stravinsky and is now much recorded separately.
In the Gramophone magazine of January 2000 Michael Oliver applauded Dessay's handling of the title roll, but incorrectly headed the review "texts and translations included".. French and English translations are there, but the Russian texts are not.
Other versions:
Cluytens, sung in French, mono 1955 Testament.
Stravinsky, sung in Russian, 1960, Sony (with texts).
Boulez, in Russian, 1990 on Erato (with no texts).
Craft, language unknown, Volume 10 of Koch edition.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Solovyei - A Russian Nightingale 15 Aug. 2002
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This 'Rossignol' is not to be confused with the orchestral suite 'le chant du rossignol' ('song of the nightingale'), a symphonic poem which the composer drew from the opera later. The story here is based on a fairy tale 'The Emporer's Nightingale' by Hans Christian Andersen, and given a russian folk slant in a libretto by Stravinsky and Stefan Mitusov.
Given the title "le Rossignol" some record buyers will be slightly taken aback when the Fisherman (sung by Vsevolod Grivnov here) starts singing in Russian. There is an early version sung in French, by Cluytens (Testament 1955 mono), but the premiere in Paris in 1914 was sung in Russian, so were the Stravinsky and Boulez versions (1961 Sony, 1991 Erato) and so is this 1999 production from the Opera National de Paris. Hence the traditional french name 'Rossignol' only comes from the location of the premier, the real name of the opera being 'Solovyei' ('nightingale' in Russian).
Paris opera darlings Natalie Dessay and her husband Laurent Naouri are inevitably the stars of the show as the nightingale and the chamberlain respectively, but there is also an impeccable Russian contingent: Grivnov (as above), Violeta Urmana as death, Shagidullin as the emporer, Mikhailov as the bonze.
The second item on this CD is the 15 minute burlesque 'Renard' for two tenors and two basses. This is also based on a fairy tale, this time by Afanassyev, and known to Russians under the title 'Baika'. The four singers do not take roles of the animals but stand among the peasant band while the actions are mimed by clowns. Some reviews have carped that this performance of Renard is not 'earthy' enough, that the singers sing too beautifully, but really there is enough burlesque in the score without the singers hamming it up too.
Incredibly neither the Erato or EMI recordings include the Russian text (despite what the increasingly careless Gramophone Good CD Guide says to the contrary), which means that anyone wanting to follow word-for-word will have to track down a copy of Vol.8 of the now deleted Sony Stravinsky Edition. Even having done this this will not help with 'Renard' because the Sony Edition offers this sung in English.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Rare ear candy 5 Mar. 2010
By David Thierry - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've loved this charming work since I first heard it long before you were born conducted by Stravinsky with the Washington Opera if memory serves with Reri Grist singing the Nightingale more beautifully than anyone I have heard since. Sony might dig the recording out of the vaults along with Stravinsky's burlesque ballet The Flood based on Noah's experiences. This recording is excellent. The first act is lovely and evocative with a touch of symbolist influence such as unfinished phrases or melodies in the composing. The second act is the orchestra's tour de force portraying the Chinese Court and the third a rather chromatic dirge at the Emperor's death bed miraculously saved by the banished Nightingale, terminated with Stravinskyan brevity. Somehow it all works delightfully.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dont miss this 8 May 2002
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of my Stravinsky favourites because of splendid Stravinsky music (somewhere between his early modernist period and his early Rimsky-Korsakov style topped with a little... just a little neo classicism). It is not "Rite of spring" style but very Stravinsky anyway and conducting and singing is marvelous.
This must be one of the most underrated operas ever. Dessay is in top form (she is alone worth price of this disc), and if you like operas made after 1910 this is a must have... a very good opera record.
Stravinsky - Le Rossignol ~ Renard / Dessay, McLaughlin, Urmana, Naouri, Caley, Mikhailov, Conlon 9 Dec. 2012
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Stravinsky - Le Rossignol ~ Renard / Dessay, McLaughlin, Urmana, Naouri, Caley, Mikhailov, Conlon is a recording with two performances under the direction of James Conlon. First one gets to hear The Nightingale which is a lyrical tale in 3 acts after the work of Andersen. The second performance is Renard the Fox, which is a burlesque tale in song and dance. The booklet contains all the lyrics, well-written music notes and short and concise biographies of the performers. I very much enjoyed these works by Stravinsky. Truly the work of a genius! Highly recommended. 5/5.
Five Stars 3 Aug. 2014
By gewidmet - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Stellar recordings, for performance and sound.
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