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Igor Stravinsky: Octet; L'Histoire du Soldat / Jan Opalach, narrator; Eastman Wind Ens.

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino for 12 instruments
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), for 3 actors, dancer & 7 instruments
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Harking back to a golden era in recording, when the ensembles of the Eastman School of Music under the baton of the legendary Frederick Fennell made dozens of pioneering recordings for Mercury Living Presence, the Eastman Wind Ensemble celebrates its 60th anniversary with its first recording for AVIE Records. Stravinsky's music figured early on in the EWE's history; his Symphonies for Wind Instruments were performed in 1951 on a program conducted by Frederick Fennell that led to the establishment of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. And in 1966, at the age of 83, Stravinsky made his one and only visit to the Eastman School of Music, overseeing performances of several of his works. Under Mark Scatterday, who continues in the prestigious lineage as the fourth conductor in the EWE's history, the superior student ensemble performs Stravinsky's Octet, while Eastman Virtuosi, made up of the Eastman School's renowned faculty members, turn in a devilishly fine rendition of "L'Histoire du Soldat."

Fanfare
America's premiere wind band.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
This is a celebration of the Eastman Wind Ensemble's 60th anniversary. The choice of music is in part a commemoration of Stravinsky's visit years ago to oversee performances of several of his works and in part because they show off the school's talents well. Eastman's heritage of wind-playing goes back many years to the highly-respected Frederick Fennell. Those were the days of rich and glorious symphonic band recordings of Percy Grainger and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Here, Mark Scatterday carries that legacy on, and this is a recording the Eastman Wind Ensemble can be proud of.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concertino for 12 instruments
  • Conductor: Mark Scatterday
  • Ensemble: Eastman Virtuosi
  • Notes: Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY (05/11/2011-05/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), for 3 actors, dancer & 7 instruments
  • Conductor: Mark Scatterday
  • Ensemble: Eastman Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 23 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918