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Stravinsky: Histoire du soldat / Carole Bouquet, narrator; Gerard Depardieu, Guillaume Depardieu, Shlomo Mintz

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded in 1997, this jewel of Naïve Classique catalogue sees its re-release in 2014. The initial project for Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) came about in a difficult economic context, with both its composer, Igor Stravinsky, and ballet entrepreneur Sergei Diaghilev in economic difficulties due to war and revolution. Despite these concerns, its eventual first performance came off with the noted Swiss conductor Ernst Ansermet at the helm.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The performance is very good. Bouquet and the Depardieus invest fully in the drama, infusing their roles with a vast array of emotion and inflection. The musicians boast terrific energy, technique, rhythmic precision, polished timbres, and ensemble work.


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