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4.0 out of 5 stars vital middle period Stravinsky on EMI, 14 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements; Violin Concerto; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Capriccio for piano & orchestra; Pulcinella etc (Audio CD)
a recent acquisition of this double cd collection of Igor Stravinsky's middle period works (ie roughly jazz + neo-classical derived) of some lesser known but key orchestrally based works such as the tangy Symphony in Three movements, Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Capriccios for Piano + Orchestra to the Ebony Concerto etc.

the good news is that although the cd booklet notes are rather perfunctory + brief, the cd artowrk is pleasing enough and the performances here by Rostropovich,Ozawa, Marriner + Rattle are mainly perceptive, lively and offer valid alternatives to the composers own Columbia recordings from the 1960s as well as Craft's acclaimed naxos series (1990's). comparison of the above listed works with Stravinsky conducting - offer the listener many new enjoyable insights into these often technicolour, lively + often jaunty pieces. Ozawa + Rattle in particular bring out many subtle details of composition from the wind instruments etc + a far better sound in these EMI recordings than that offered by the rather distant Columbia set with the composer.

recommended for not only Stravinsky fans of his early ballet landmark works (Rite of Spring,Petrouchka) but also with their strong sense of the rhythmic and elements of neo-classical the ballet, jazz, but also the circus with elements of impish humour and vitality to the works here. fans of similar inflected composers such as the "Les Six" french composers (incl. Milhaud, Poulenc etc) for the many joys offered here - be it neo-classical, jaunty + jazz inflected or approachable but innovative 20th Century classical and there is nothing here that would scare fans of the far more austere Serial/2nd Viennese school though. i personally would have preferred the radiant "Apollo" or the severe but startling "Agon" (the composers later + masterful ballet scores) to the lacklustre "Puchinella" and the "Suites" presented here, but hey a fine collection overall.
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