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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, The Nightingale / Craft

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Written for huge orchestra, this elemental ballet, with its vaulting, violent energy and asymmetrical rhythms almost from beginning to end has become one of the iconic landmarks of 20th century music. "May whoever listens to this music never experience the insult to which it was subjected and of which I was the witness in the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, Spring 1913." - Igor Stravinsky on the premiere of his 'Rite of Spring'

Classical Candor
I found [Craft's] reading of The Rite of Spring more to my liking... he seems positively energized... I enjoyed the disc's coupling of Stravinsky's oft-neglected, complete one-act opera The Nightingale... it's beautifully rendered by all concerned.



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (07/01/1995-07/04/1995)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts
  • Performers: Andrew Greenan (Bass); Peter Hall (Tenor); Pippa Longworth (Soprano); Simon Preece (Bass); Stephen Richardson; Robert Tear (Tenor); Olga Trifonova (Soprano); Paul Whelan (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (08/14/1997-08/17/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1908-1914