Stravinsky - Threni, Requiem Canticles | Phi LPH020

Stravinsky - Threni, Requiem Canticles

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Label: Phi

Cat No: LPH020

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 20th May 2016

Contents

Artists

Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Ewa Wolak (alto)
Maximilian Schmitt (tenor)
Magnus Staveland (tenor)
Florian Boesch (baritone)
David Soar (bass)
Collegium Vocale Gent
Royal Flemish Philharmonic

Conductor

Philippe Herreweghe

Works

Stravinsky, Igor

Da pacem Domine
Requiem Canticles
The dove descending breaks the air
Threni

Artists

Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Ewa Wolak (alto)
Maximilian Schmitt (tenor)
Magnus Staveland (tenor)
Florian Boesch (baritone)
David Soar (bass)
Collegium Vocale Gent
Royal Flemish Philharmonic

Conductor

Philippe Herreweghe

About

Although Igor Stravinsky is a major personality of the 20th-century musical landscape, it would be reductive to view him solely through the prism of his works best known by the general public, such as The Rite of Spring or The Firebird. Driven by a constant desire to share with the public his perpetual need for exploration, Philippe Herreweghe invites us to discover one of the composer’s last serial works, ‘sublime but demanding’.

Threni (1957-58) is his longest, most ambitious and complex dodecaphonic score, and probably one of its summits. A work like the Requiem Canticles (1966) goes even further in this direction: the composer’s last masterpiece, it seems to summarise in itself the evolution of an entire lifetime, combining elements from the different stylistic periods that punctuated his career – whilst marking a highpoint in the spiritual quest that became increasingly important in Stravinsky’s life.

In this major album, Philippe Herreweghe reveals with conviction his love for the composer’s music, and under his sure, inspired direction, the Collegium Vocale Gent and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic reveal their pure poetry.

Music-loving friends, be curious!

Reviews

Requiem Canticles may be a wonderfully compressed, almost aphoristic example of Stravinsky’s spare, acerbic late style … but Threni is an even greater masterpiece, which deserves a place among his finest achievements. Herreweghe’s superb performance leaves no doubt about that, and his singers and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic make light of the challenges in what is still a fearsomely difficult score to perform.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 8 July 2016

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