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5.0 out of 5 stars Stravinsky's early ballets, 13 May 2010
This review is from: Stravinsky: Firebird - Petrushka (Audio CD)
A worthwhile addition to my collection. I cannot fault the recording or the performance in any way (and of course, we are talking the CBSO under Simon Rattle here). If I may voice an opinion regarding the actual music, is it fair to say that Stravinsky's early works owe spmething to Rimsky-Korsakoff?
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2014 08:20:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2014 08:21:19 BDT
Ian Shields says:
Re: "is it fair to say that Stravinsky's early works owe something to Rimsky-Korsakoff?" -- it is not only "fair", but a matter of historic record!

Stravinsky, as you may know, was taught composition and orchestration by RK, and his major ballets from the 1910's (even the shocking "Rite of Spring") can be viewed fairly as the ultimate expressions of the techniques his teacher gave him.

There are even passages where Stravinsky openly lifts entire melodies and effects straight from his master's works. (Check out Rimsky's "Mavra" -- if you already know Stravinsky's later "Firebird" and "Rite of Spring", your ears will probably think you're playing a time-travel joke on them.)

From then on, however, Stravinsky became very much his own man, and it became progressively harder to detect Rimsky's influence.
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