STRAVINSKY Petrushka/ Chailly

IGOR STRAVINSKY

Petrushka; Le Sacre Du
Printemps * ; Jeu De Cartes;
L'Oiseau De Feu Suite;
Apollon Musagète
The Cleveland Orchestra*
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly
Int. Release 10 Mar. 2003
2 CDs
0289 473 7312 4
2 CDs 0289 473 7312 4 df2 Decca DDD


Track List

CD 1: Stravinsky: Ballets

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)
Petrouchka

Version 1947

Scene 1

2.
2:48

Scene 2

Scene 3

Scene 4

11.
1:36

12.
0:49

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Le Sacre du Printemps

Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947)

Part 1: The Adoration Of The Earth

16.
3:19

19.
3:41

22.
1:08

Part 2: The Sacrifice

23.
4:01

The Cleveland Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Total Playing Time: 1:07:19

CD 2: Stravinsky: Ballets

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)
The Firebird

Suite (1945)

8.
0:00
4:27

10.
0:00
3:23

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Riccardo Chailly

Jeu de cartes

12.
5:35

13.
9:09

14.
7:54

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Apollon musagète (1947 version)

Premier Tableau (Prologue)

Second Tableau

23.
0:00
3:21

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Riccardo Chailly

Total Playing Time: 1:20:49

This is a great little set, coupling a ravishing "Apollon musagète" with a truly stunning "Rite of Spring". The "Petrushka" is equally fine . . . a remarkably fine recording where clarity and tonal bloom are complementary, but Chailly must take the credit for laying all Stravinsky's cards on the table rather than holding this or that detail to his chest. Everything tells, much as it does in the "Scherzo fantastique" -- whether the euphonious winds and brass at 3'52", the motorised repeated notes later on or the ornamental swirlings that, in stylistic terms, dance us all the way from Rimsky's "Arabian Nights" to the ­- unmistakably Russian world of "The Firebird". "Apollon musagète" is something else again, and Chailly takes the lyrical line, pointing without punching and allowing his excellent strings their head. The coda is jaunty, the "Apothéose" suitably mysterious, and "Variation d'Apollon" features fine solo work from the orchestra's leader, Jaap van Zweden . . . Chailly balances gracefulness with tonal substance and the sound is glorious.