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STRAVINSKY: Greek Classics II


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Commissioned by George Balanchine, 'Jeu de cartes' is a prime example of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic ideas emerging helter-skelter from Stravinsky's imagination. Unlike his other ballets, it contains no slow music and no lovers' pas-de-deux adagio. 'Danses concertantes' was the first large-scale piece composed entirely in what was to be Stravinsky's Hollywood home for the next 24 years. First performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Robert Craft, 'Variations' are the densest music Stravinsky ever wrote, yet the ingenious rhythmic structures allow every note to be heard. Ezra Pound, in a balcony at the Teatro La Fenice for a September 1934 performance of the 'Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra', wrote: \the piano and orchestra are as two shells of a walnut". Alban Berg, who had shared the same concert with Stravinsky, remarked to the latter: "I wish I could write such happy music"."
Facts
Item number 8557506
Barcode 747313250622
Release date 26/11/2007
Category Orchestral | Classical Music
Label Naxos Classics | Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Wait, Mark
Composers Stravinsky, Igor
Conductors Craft, Robert
Orchestras London Philharmonic Orchestra
Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble
St. Luke's Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Disc: 1
Jeu de cartes (The Card Game)
1 Premiere donne (First Deal): Alla breve - Moderato
2 Deuxieme donne (Second Deal): Alla breve - Marcia
3 Troisieme donne (Third Deal): Alla breve - Valse -
4 Marche - Introduction
5 Pas d'Action - Con moto
6 Theme varie
7 Pas-de-deux - Andante sostenuto
8 Marche - Conclusion
9 Introduction
10 Danses (Corps de Ballet)
11 Variations (Ballerina)
12 Pantomime - Pas-de-deux
13 Pantomime
14 Variation - Variation (Ballerina) - Pantomime - Da
15 Apotheose
16 Variations, "Aldous Huxley in memoriam"
17 I. Allegro
18 II. Andante rapsodico
19 III. Allegro capriccioso ma sempre giusto
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