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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Les Noces (Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus / Valery Gergiev) (Hybr) [Hybrid SACD]

Mariinsky, Gergiev Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Mariinsky
  • ASIN: B003H2E3E2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Les Noces - Various Performers
2. Oedipus Rex - Various Performers

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MAR 0510 (2 cd); MARIINSKY - RUSSIA; Classica contemporanea operistica

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3.0 out of 5 stars I guess my ears are different! 9 Jun 2010
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I concur with the excitement of Les Noces, which I loved when I heard it live and it is up there with the best of them - though, for me, the Pokrovsky Les Noces version, with digitalized keyboards and real folk-singers is my favourite, though it may not be what Stravinsky quite had in mind.

But the Oedipus is disappointing - Gergiev' s conducting lacks propulsion and meanders terribly in places, and his tempi are oddly inconstant - sometimes sluggish and inappropriately romantic, and the triumphalist chorus welcoming Jocasta is too fast and casual. I don't like Semishkur's Oedipus, he sounds like he is managing awkward corners rather than portraying a character - the Shepherd's voice is easier on the ear. The rest of the cast is good, but there are many more recommendable versions than this, despite the splendour of the SACD recording.

two stars for Oedipus - four (maybe even five) for Les Noces.
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The great glory of this new Mariinsky release is a stunning performance of Les Noces. I had seen a video of the company's staged ballet, itself a marvel of precision and rhythmic dynamism. Usually Les Noces works best with visuals, because the percussive effect of four pianos can become wearing. There is also the problem f the high-lying vocal parts, modeled on Russian folk singing, that almost always comes across as abrasive, on the verge of screaming. All such considerations can now be put in the past. Gergiev's new version sounds as naturally Russian and accessible as Boris Godunov. The solo singers are to the manner born -- there is no screaming. Indeed, a new dimension of human warmth has been revealed. Moment by moment one marvels at how enjoyable this wedding is, how full of emotions that were concealed in performances where the performers were struggling just to avoid mistakes. The propulsive ostinato rhythms are unforgiving of even one misplaced eighth note. Gergiev's singers and musicians are undaunted and come through with a soaring, exhilarating reading.

I already had high expectation for Les Noces, but in concert and at the Met Gergiev's Oedipus Rex, a favorite work of his, had been rather coarse, and the main characters in Sophocles' tragedy sounded lumpen in the typical Soviet vein (no aristocrats, please, we're Communists). For this recording the whole conception has risen. We get one f the most riveting accounts on disc, fronted by superb orchestral playing and a compelling, at times lusty men's chorus. The narrator delivers Jean Cocteau's arch French narration with real conviction. Thus a powerful framework has been set up for the entry of the two most important elements -- Oedipus himself and his queen, Jocasta.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two stunning performances, especially of Les Noces 8 Jun 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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The great glory of this new Mariinsky release is a stunning performance of Les Noces. I had seen a video of the company's staged ballet, itself a marvel of precision and rhythmic dynamism. Usually Les Noces works best with visuals, because the percussive effect of four pianos can become wearing on its own. There is also the problem of the high-lying vocal parts, modeled on Russian folk singing, that almost always comes across as abrasive, on the verge of screaming. All such considerations can now be put in the past. Gergiev's new version sounds as naturally Russian and accessible as Boris Godunov. The solo singers are to the manner born -- there is no screaming. Indeed, a new dimension of human warmth has been revealed. Moment by moment one marvels at how enjoyable this wedding is, how full of emotions that were concealed in performances where the performers were struggling just to avoid mistakes. The propulsive ostinato rhythms are unforgiving of even one misplaced eighth note. Gergiev's singers and musicians are undaunted and come through with a soaring, exhilarating reading.

I already had high expectation for Les Noces, but in concert and at the Met Gergiev's Oedipus Rex, a favorite work of his, had been rather coarse, and the main characters in Sophocles' tragedy sounded lumpen in the typical Soviet vein (no aristocrats, please, we're Communists). For this recording the whole conception has risen. We get one f the most riveting accounts on disc, fronted by superb orchestral playing and a compelling, at times lusty men's chorus. The narrator delivers Jean Cocteau's arch French narration with real conviction. Thus a powerful framework has been set up for the entry of the two most important elements -- Oedipus himself and his queen, Jocasta.

I doubt that I will ever hear an Oedipus sung as tragically as that of Peter Pears, but tenor Sergei Semishkur is first rate. His voice is strong without being too beefy and operatic; the tone is firm and appealing; his dramatic involvement is impressive, even if he can't quite find a wrenching catharsis. The Jocasta of Ekaterina Semenchuk won't be so immediately appealing to everyone. The voice is full, mature, and plummy (try not to think of Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore), giving the impression of a contralto instead of the usual coloratura mezzo. There's no doubt that she is powerful, even marmoreal. Stravinsky might even have preferred such archetypal immobility. As far as the treacherous runs and intervals in Jocasta's great aria (often compared to early Verdi; one thinks of Abigaille in Nabucco), Semenchuk is spectacularly successful. I would compare her favorably to the equally powerful Martha Modl in Stravinsky's old mono recording, which also features Pears's best portrayal. As for the secondary characters, the Creon of Evgeny Nikitin could hardly be improved upon, and we get star casting for Tiresias (doubling the Messenger) with Mikhail Petrenko. But these are Mariinsky standouts all around.

In short, Gergiev has achieved an outright triumph, aided by first-rate sonics, which I heard in two-channel stereo rather than the SACD layer. A must listen for anyone who loves these two masterpieces.

Here's the complete lineup of performers:

Les Noces

--sung in Russian

Mlada Khudoley (soprano), Olga Savova (mezzo), Alexander Timchenko (tenor), Andrei Serov (bass), Svetlana Smolina, Yulia Zaichkina, Alexander Mogilevsky, Maxim Mogilevsky (pianos)

Oedipus Rex

--sung in latin, with narration in French

Sergei Semishkur (Oedipus), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Jocasta), Evgeny Nikitin (Creon & Messenger), Mikhail Petrenko (Tiresias), Alexander Timchenko (shepherd) & Gérard Depardieu (narrator)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Road to Nowhere 13 Aug 2012
By Arnaldo - Published on Amazon.com
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What we have here is a perfect example of a rather average performance being further sabotaged by a truly mediocre recording. In all justice, the team of conductor Valery Gergiev with his soloists and the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, manages to fare a bit better in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex than in Les Noces, where the complex rhythms sound disjointed and out of synch. A direct comparison to another SACD, Daniel Reuss' Stravinsky - Les Noces · Mass · Cantata, gives the impression that Georgiev is trying to drive a crowded but underpowered bus on a steep and winding road to nowhere. On the other hand, while Gérard Depardieu fares well as the narrator in Oedipus Rex, the fact is that the sole non-musical element of this performance is not enough to salvage it on artistic grounds. And for anyone who has heard Jessye Norman as Jocasta, Ekaterina Semenchuck's singing simply lacks the weight and presence needed for such a demanding role.

Truth be told, the poor musicians are virtually powerless against the flat and recessed recording, engineered by Classic Sound. There is no depth whatsoever to the stereo soundstage and the diffuse focus robs the singers of whatever musical impact they might be trying to achieve. It actually sounds like the engineers simply hanged their microphones randomly over the audience and went for a cup of coffee while the performance dragged on. As a result, I'm left left here wishing for those in charge of the Mariinsly label to urgently pick up the phone and call back the Soundmirror recording team, which provided them with state-of-the-art recordings in some of their initial releases.

On the plus side, the disc comes with an impressive booklet with multi-language translations, although that is unfortunately not enough to salvage the project. Instead, Mariinsly's producers should seriously consider allocating more of their resources into better recordings over splurging on printed matter.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply One of the Finest Recordings of the Year! 17 Sep 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists have created one of the most exciting recordings of the works of Igor Stravinsky in all the recorded repertoire. These two works - LES NOCES and OEDIPUS REX - are works we too seldom hear, so demanding are they on not only the conductor but on all the forces involves. Gergiev has managed to capture all of the passion and theatricality of these works and the result is a recording that will startle the listener form beginning to end.

LES NOCES is a ballet created for Diaghilev and is base on a Russian wedding. The stark, driving rhythms are intoxicating as is the scoring for four pianos and ten percussionists, chorus and four soloists. Gergiev grabs us by the throat and doesn't let go until the piece is complete. His instrumentalists are thrilling and the soloists and chorus finally show us how the Russian sound is so important to the success of this work. Mlada Khudoley, soprano, Olga Savova, mezzo, Alexander Timchenko, tenor, and Andrei Serov, bass are exceptional.

OEDIPUS REX is an opera in two acts, but is too often performed in this country as an oratorio. With the approach Gergiev and his Mariinsky forces take to this magnificent, moving retelling of the Oedipus legend, the work must now be truly considered OPERA! The important role of the Narrator (the Greek Chorus) is the impressive Gérard Depardieu who transforms Jean Cocteau French text into a terrifying tale. One could not imagine an actor better suited to this assignment. The vocally demanding role of Oedipus is performed majestically by Sergei Semishkur, a tenor about whom we should be hearing a lot more. Jocasta is the imperial Ekaterina Semenchuk, the roles of Creon and Messenger are sung by Evgeny Nikitin, Tiresias by Mikhail Petrenko and the Shepherd by Alexander Timchenko. All of the work is sung in Latin, the only French role is that of the narrator. The orchestra is stunningly brilliant as is the chorus.

The sound on this recording is as fine as this listener has heard. The recording was made in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia: it makes us want to travel there to capture this amazing acoustic! A brilliant success by all standards. Definitely a candidate for the 2011 Classical Grammy Award. Grady Harp, September 10
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One To Have 4 Oct 2010
By Pasquale - Published on Amazon.com
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Les Noces is now a 100 years old, but this recording makes it young and fresh and raw again. Valery Gergiev and the Marinsky Orchestra have something that almost no one has anymore. Style. These russians know how this music goes- It's in their blood.
Oedipus Rex, the best version. Energy.
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