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Stravinsky: Canticum sacrum, Agon, Requiem Canticles / Gielen, Doufexis, Elsner, Rosen, et al

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  1. Stravinsky, I. — Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Dedicatio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Stravinsky, I. — Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Euntes in mundum $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Stravinsky, I. — Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Surge, aquilo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Stravinsky, I. — Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Ad Tres Virtutes Hortationes: Caritas - $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Stravinsky, I. — Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Ad Tres Virtutes Hortationes: Spes - $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Stravinsky, I. — Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Ad Tres Virtutes Hortationes: Fides - $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Stravinsky, I. — Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Brevis Motus Cantilenae $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Stravinsky, I. — Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Illi autem profecti $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Pas de quatre $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Double Pas de quatre $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Triple Pas de quatre $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: First Pas de trois: Saraband-Step $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Gaillarde $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Coda $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Interlude $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Second Pas de trois: Bransle Simple $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Bransle Gay $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Bransle Double (Bransle de Poitou) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Interlude $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Pas de deux $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: Coda $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: 4 Duos $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Stravinsky, I. — Agon: 4 Trios $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Exaudi $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Dies irae - $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Tuba mirum $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Interlude $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Rex tremendae $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Lacrimosa $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Libera me $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Stravinsky, I. — Requiem Canticles: Postlude $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Canticum Sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis, cantata for 2 soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A new CD from Michael Gielen features three late masterworks by Igor Stravinsky. There is very little competition in the catalogue for recordings of Canticum Sacrum.

Gramophone Magazine
Pungent and absorbing performances of three late Stravinsky scores. I can't recall ever having enjoyed a recording of the late, gnomic Requiem Canticles quite as much as this one: certainly no performance in my experience has sounded as fluent... Agon is pure aural sculpture, angular and uncompromising... but in a performance such as this that focuses its every pungent detail makes for an alluring and stimulating listen.

The Guardian
Agon provides a wonderful contrast, with its appropriation of baroque dance forms, generous rhythmic and melodic invention, and constantly varied orchestration, all of which Michael Gielen and his Freiburg-based orchestra audibly relish. All three are very fine performances, and provide as good an introduction to the world of late Stravinsky as any currently available on disc.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Rarely has late, gnomic Requiem Canticles sounded so fluent, from the extraordinary prelude (a fast, nervous pulsing with string lines crossing each other), through the taut drama of the 'Dies irae' to the second interlude (so reminiscent of the Symphonies of Wind Instruments) and the chiming finale, where ritual bells are enacted by celesta, glockenspiel and vibraphone, a distant recollection of Les noces. This was Stravinsky's last major composition and although it plays for barely a quarter of an hour seems fully to justify that dodecaphonic route that so many at the time had criticised him for taking.

The marginally more expansive and noticeably more austere Canticum sacrum marked the composer's return to the Russian Orthodox faith and calls on the unique combination (unique to Stravinsky that is) of flute, three oboes and bassoons, four trumpets and trombones, harp, violas, basses and organ, in addition to the voices.

Again Michael Gielen drives a confident course through a work that brooks no compromise and culminates in a harshly oratorical 'Illi autem profectae', one of the most striking episodes in all late Stravinsky.

The ballet Agon post-dates Canticum sacrum, just, and employs an even wider array of instruments, all of them used with the greatest economy and expressive force, the distinctive and rhythmically alluring interlude/prelude, a recurring motif, connecting a series of brief but terse and mostly outspoken dance movements...The recordings are both airy and admirably clear.

BBC Music Magazine
The biggest challenge is surmounted in Canticum Sacrum, a work conceived for the ample acoustics of St Marks Church in Venice. In this performance its austere beauty and grandeur really come to life, aided by the outstanding choral contribution from the SWR Vocal Ensemble and an atmospheric recording. The most immediately accessible piece here is undoubtedly the ballet Agon. ...Gielen's subtle balancing of textures and his impeccable pacing of the contrasting movements, not to mention the responsive playing of the orchestra, brings immense rewards.



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>Stravinsky, Igor : Canticum Sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis, cantata for 2 soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Christian Elsner; Rudolf Rosen (Bass)
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Ensemble: Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (06/14/2007-06/16/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1955

>Stravinsky, Igor : Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Ensemble: Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (02/26/2004-02/28/2004)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1953-1954

>Stravinsky, Igor : Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Frank Bossert (Tenor); Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano); Kirsten Drope (Soprano); Mikhael Nikiforov; Rudolf Rosen (Bass)
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Ensemble: Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (06/14/2007-06/16/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1966