Stravinsky - The Soldier’s Tale Suite, Octet, Les Noces | Naxos 8573538

Stravinsky - The Soldier’s Tale Suite, Octet, Les Noces

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573538

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 9th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Tianwa Yang (violin)
Rebecca Nash (soprano)
Robynne Redmon (mezzo-soprano)
Robert Breault (tenor)
Denis Sedov (bass)
Andre-Michel Schub (piano)
Lydia Artymiw (piano)
Josu de Solaun (piano)
Anna Petrova (piano)
Virginia Symphony Chorus
Les Noces Percussion Ensemble
Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players

Conductor

JoAnn Falletta

Works

Stravinsky, Igor

Les Noces (The Wedding)
Octet for Wind Instruments
The Soldier's Tale (L'Histoire du Soldat): Concert Suite

Artists

Tianwa Yang (violin)
Rebecca Nash (soprano)
Robynne Redmon (mezzo-soprano)
Robert Breault (tenor)
Denis Sedov (bass)
Andre-Michel Schub (piano)
Lydia Artymiw (piano)
Josu de Solaun (piano)
Anna Petrova (piano)
Virginia Symphony Chorus
Les Noces Percussion Ensemble
Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players

Conductor

JoAnn Falletta

About

The three works on this recording were composed at a crucial juncture in Stravinsky’s musical life. The Soldier’s Tale, a small-scale theatrical work for instrumental septet, narrator and two speakers completed in 1918 (Naxos 8573537). It is performed here in the Suite premièred in 1920. The Octet marked a new element in Stravinsky’s writing, inaugurating a turn to neoclassicism, whilst Les Noces (The Wedding) is a ballet cantata impelled by dramatic motor rhythms, and once again saturated in his Russian background. Scored for pitched and unpitched percussion, vocal soloists, and mixed chorus, it is a pivotal work in Stravinsky’ s development.

JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center of North Carolina. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. A champion of American music, she has presented over five hundred works by American composers including 110 world premières. Her Naxos recordings include the double Grammy Award-winning disc of works by John Corigliano and Grammy nominated discs of works by Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, Respighi, Gershwin, Hailstork and Holst.

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