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Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss; Scènes De Ballet

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>Stravinsky, Igor : Le baiser de la fee (The Fairy's Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Scenes de ballet, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le baiser de la fee (The Fairy's Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Scenes de ballet, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

The second disc of Stravinsky's ballet music from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov features the composer's fascinating recreation of the music of Tchaikovsky and Adam. Stravinsky's advocation of the then unfashionable music of Tchaikovsky was well known: he was a public champion of the composer over the Russian 'nationalists' such as Rimsky-Korsakov. In 1928, Stravinsky was commissioned by Ida Rubinstein to compose a ballet based on music by Tchaikovsky. Stravinsky probably envisaged a set of free orchestrations, but the music seems to have taken over and dictated its own terms, with the result that Stravinsky soon found himself entangled in an intricate recreative process, and having to compose day and night to get the work completed in time for the first performance. The result, 'The Fairy's Kiss', is a complex and highly original masterpiece that brilliantly challenges our perhaps too comfortable way of listening to late romantic music.

'[Scènes de ballet] The score is attractive American-period Stravinsky before he moved towards serial techniques. Apart from the vivid sound quality, the balance in the new recording is much better with details such as the piano much clearer ... This is an attractive coupling in Hyperion's admirable ballet series, produced with its usual finesse' (Gramophone)

'A ballet that has lyrical allure but also Stravinsky's characteristic dislocation of rhythm and citrus harmonies ... Volkov has a sure ear for the ballet's momentum, colour and dynamism, and the BBC SSO plays it with precision and eloquent character' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Figure after figure that is so lovely and inventive ... Volkov offers brilliantly clear, high-energy accounts' (The Sunday Times)

'The BBC Scottish Symphony plays wonderfully well for their departed chief conductor' (The Guardian)

'Ilan Volkov's performances are delightfully alert to the intricate stylistic matrices of the two works' (The Irish Times)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (11/15/2008-11/16/2008).



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>Stravinsky, Igor : Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss), ballet in 4 scenes for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (11/15/2008-11/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928

>Stravinsky, Igor : Scènes de ballet, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (11/15/2008-11/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1944