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Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): The Soldier's Tale / Tianwa Yang, violin; Fred Child, Jared McGuire, Jeff Biehl, actors; Virginia Arts Festval Chamber Players, JoAnn Falletta

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

This album, featuring violinist Tianwa Yang and the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, contains one of Igor Stravinsky's small-scale theatrical works, The Soldier's Tale (1918). Stravinsky wrote this work in collaboration with author Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, and artist Rene-Victor Auberjonois. The work is based in a Russian folk tale by Alexander Afanasyev, and is scored for two speakers, a narrator, and a septet, as well as a non-speaking dance role. Pamela Berlin directs this production, and Joann Falletta is the conductor of the instrumentalists.

The Guardian, 3rd March 2016
Perhaps because neither the three actors nor any of the seven instrumentalists hog centre stage, the fable works well on its own terms...The musical performance under JoAnn Falletta, with Tianwa Yang as the violinist, is neat and crisp without being too slick; perhaps occasionally it's a bit cool, not earthy enough, but it never becomes routine.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
A fine performance all round... ensemble values are high, with actors and instrumentalists nicely integrated and a strong sense of give and take that reflects the recording's theatrical origins. Violinist Tianwa Yang is dexterous but unshowy in her all-important solos, but there's never any sense of her attempting to upstage the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, all of whom are very much her match in terms of virtuoso refinement.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
The very American actors are all committed, energised and thoroughly professional, with good interplay between Fred Child and Jared McGuire... violinist Tianwa Yang, light of touch, comes into her subtle own as the Soldier wins the Princess with his fiddling.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Robin Hixon Theater, Norfolk, Virginia, USA (05/09/2015).


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>Stravinsky, Igor : L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), for 3 actors, dancer & 7 instruments
  • Performer: Tianwa Yang (Violin)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918