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Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, etc / Robert Craft, et al

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pater noster
>Stravinsky, Igor : Blessed Virgin
>Stravinsky, Igor : Credo, for chorus
>Stravinsky, Igor : Mass
>Stravinsky, Igor : Cantata, for 2 soloists, female chorus & chamber orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Babel
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This disc of sacred choral music features the masterly 'Symphony of Psalms,' which Stravinsky dedicated "to the glory of God." The composer himself wrote, "It is not a symphony in which I have included Psalms to be sung...it is the singing of Psalms that I am symphonizing." The 'Mass' (1944-48) dates from the composer's first decade in America, and is deeply rooted in medieval chant. 'Cantata' (1951-52) consists of nine canons, the centerpiece of which is the 'Ricercare' for tenor, in which Christ foretells his Crucifixion. In 'Babel' (1944), Stravinsky uses text in which the descendents of Noah are frustrated in their attempt to build a tower reaching heaven.



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pater noster
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Gregg Smith Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Stravinsky, Igor : Blessed Virgin
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Gregg Smith Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Stravinsky, Igor : Credo, for chorus
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Gregg Smith Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Stravinsky, Igor : Mass
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Stravinsky, Igor : Cantata, for 2 soloists, female chorus & chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Michael Parloff (Flute); Stephen Taylor (Oboe); Thomas Bogdan (Tenor); Bart Feller (Flute); Melanie Feld (Oboe); Mary Hart; Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Gregg Smith Singers
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1952

>Stravinsky, Igor : Babel
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia London
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1944

>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Simon Joly Chorus
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (01/05/2001/01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930