Stravinsky - L’Histoire du Soldat | Naive V5371

Stravinsky - L’Histoire du Soldat

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Label: Naive

Cat No: V5371

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th April 2014

Contents

Artists

Carole Bouquet
Gerard Depardieu
Guillaume Depardieu
Pascal Moragues (clarinet)
Sergio Azzolini (bassoon)
Marc Bauer (cornet)
Daniel Breszynski (trombone)
Vincent Pasquier (double bass)
Michel Cerutti (percussion)
Shlomo Mintz (violin)

Conductor

Shlomo Mintz

Works

Stravinsky, Igor

The Soldier's Tale (L'Histoire du Soldat)

Artists

Carole Bouquet
Gerard Depardieu
Guillaume Depardieu
Pascal Moragues (clarinet)
Sergio Azzolini (bassoon)
Marc Bauer (cornet)
Daniel Breszynski (trombone)
Vincent Pasquier (double bass)
Michel Cerutti (percussion)
Shlomo Mintz (violin)

Conductor

Shlomo Mintz

About

Recorded in 1997, this jewel of Naïve Classique catalogue has been unavailable for several years.

Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) came about in a difficult economic context: Diaghilev’s Ballets were no longer touring, due to the war, and the Russian revolution had deprived Stravinsky of his remaining savings. As for Ramuz, some of whose works had been published in France, he was no longer receiving any royalties. Thus, the two friends wondered “Why not write something together which would entail only a limited number of instruments and two or three characters?”

And so Histoire du Soldat come into being. Its musical forces were limited: an ensemble of seven instruments representing all the sections of the orchestra plus a highly developed percussion part. The first performance brought together friends and well-known artists, and Ernest Ansermet conducted. Initially, their grand project included touring with a portable stage, like the itinerant players of the Middle Ages, but the devastating Spanish influenza epidemic and the armistice of November 1918 put an end to that idea.

Nonetheless, Histoire du soldat would later be performed regularly, featuring famous names such as Jean Cocteau in the role of the reader (Geneva, 1934), and celebrity couple Carole Bouquet and Gérard Depardieu in 1997.

Cast:
- Carole Bouquet [the narrator]
- Gérard Depardieu [the devil]
- Guillaume Depardieu [the soldier]

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