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5.0 out of 5 stars Nerve-wracking but essential., 23 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Les Noces, Village Songs/Pokrovsky (Audio CD)
The notes to the recording speak about Stravinsky's desire to distance himself from the Soviets' emasculation of folk-music, and I find this explanation fairly convincing. I'm not sure why he couldn't make this clearer. His comments do make it look as if he was trying to claim that nothing influenced him. As for the music on the disc: I'd say that anyone who loves "Les Noces", and/or has an interest in early Stravinsky, simply must own it. It's possible to agree with the logic of using a computer, while still disliking the result. I happen to find the whole thing enjoyable, but that's just my reaction. Just try listening to the Red Army Choir after this, and I think the reason for Stravinsky's attitude will be quite clear! I'd recommend, for those who haven't come across it, a marvellous CD on the "Traditional Crossroads" label, "Drinking Horns and Gramophones", - pre-Soviet recordings of Georgian choral music - powerful stuff indeed, and it reduces any doubts about the authenticity of Pokrovsky's researches. I haven't heard Bernstein's version, and can't imagine wanting to. I do like Gergiev's performance (though from now on I suppose I'll play it less often); and there's also Stravinsky's pianola version on the "Other Minds" label, which is intriguing. The same label also issue music by Nancarrow - but maybe I'm straying from the point (or maybe not).
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