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Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1948); Cantata (1952) / RIAS Kammerchor; MusikFabrik, Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Susan Parry, mz

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Les Noces III (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus, 4 pianos & percussion
>Stravinsky, Igor : Mass
>Stravinsky, Igor : Cantata, for 2 soloists, female chorus & chamber orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Now part of the popular hmGold series, this classic recording from the harmonia mundi archives is available again at mid-price. Les Noces is rich with the flavors and rhythms of the composer's Russian folk heritage. Stravinsky arranged the libretto himself using Russian wedding lyrics taken from an anthology of songs collected by Russian anthropologist and folklorist P.V. Kireevsky. A tribute to Stravinsky at his finest, this recording features the combined talents of the RIAS Kammerchor and MusikFabrik under the baton of Daniel Reuss.

BBC Music Magazine, August
The Chamber Choir's pitches are true and focused, rhythms crisp, textures clean, and in the jubilant wedding cantata-ballet Les noces that marked the culmination of Stravinsky's early Russian period there is a clear and spacious sound balance with its accompanying ensemble of four pianos and percussion.

Gramophone Magazine
A feeling of rhythmic joy is what makes this new performance so exhilarating. The performance is terrific, directed with superb exuberance by Daniel Reuss... Why is the Mass not better known? It too has an archaic feeling but it is wonderfully lyrical and inspired. The performances are all marvellous: who would have expected to hear Carolyn Sampson singing Stravinsky? This record is not to be missed.

The Independent on Sunday
A joy, MusikFabrik's four pianists and six percussionists produce an electrifying sound, as do the impeccable RIAS Kammerchor, the silver-toned soprano Carolyn Sampson, and mezzo Susan Parry, whose maudlin mother-ofthe- bride is superb... Jan Kobow's Cantus Cancrizans is riveting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (08/2005); Teldex Studio Berlin (08/2005); Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (09/2005); Teldex Studio Berlin (09/2005).



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>Stravinsky, Igor : Les Noces III (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus, 4 pianos & percussion
  • Performers: Vsevolod Grivnov (Tenor); Maxim Mikhailov (Bass); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 24 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1923

>Stravinsky, Igor : Mass
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 17 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Stravinsky, Igor : Cantata, for 2 soloists, female chorus & chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Jan Kobow (Tenor); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Reuss
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 22 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1952