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Stravinsky - Les Noces (Pokrovsky Ensemble),
This review is from: Les Noces, Village Songs/Pokrovsky (Audio CD)
This is a quite breathtaking CD. Pokrovsky uses skilfully chosen Russian singers to create an authentic folk sound. That sound is then used to stunning effect in 'Les Noces' which achieves a vibrancy unlike any performance I have ever heard. I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys the music of Stravinsky's "Russian period". What's more, the genuine Russian wedding songs which frame 'Les Noces' place it firmly in its social and aesthetic context in a unique way.
Although the computer controlled pianos lack a little of the bell-like resonance I think the composer wanted at the end of the piece, they also add a tempered sense of mechanical urgency to the rough and joyful voices.
On the whole - you must buy this CD!