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STRAVINSKY, I.: Apollo / Agon / Orpheus (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 4)


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STRAVINSKY, I.: Apollo / Agon / Orpheus (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 4)

Stravinsky’s three ‘Greek’ ballets span thirty years of his creative career. Apollo, a 1947 revision of Apollon musagète (1928), is Stravinsky’s homage to the Greek concept of the unity of music, dance, painting, and poetry. It was described by Dyagilev as ‘an amazing work, extraordinarily calm and with greater clarity than anything he has done… music not of this world, but from somewhere above…’. Begun in 1953, when Stravinsky was turning towards serialism, the plotless Agon can be viewed as a contest (from the Greek agon) between traditional and modern compositional techniques. Orpheus (1948) mines a vein of lyricism hitherto absent in Stravinsky’s art and is the only score after Firebird in which the term ‘espressivo’ occurs frequently. The music is descriptive, pictorial, rich in musical symbols and in the matching of musical imagery with stage action.

Stravinsky, Igor

  Apollo (1947 revision)
1.   Tableau I: Prologue: The Birth of Apollo 00:04:04
2.   Tableau II: Apollo's Variation 00:03:01
3.   Tableau II: Pas d'action: Apollo and the Muses 00:04:20
4.   Tableau II: Variation of Calliope 00:01:22
5.   Tableau II: Variation of Polymnia 00:01:17
6.   Tableau II: Variation of Terpsichore 00:01:31
7.   Tableau II: Variation of Apollo 00:02:06
8.   Tableau II: Pas de deux: Apollo and Terpsichore 00:04:06
9.   Tableau II: Coda: Apollo and the Muses 00:03:24
10.   Tableau II: Apotheosis: Apollo and the Muses 00:03:06
11.   Pas de quatre 00:01:38
12.   Double Pas de quatre 00:01:24
13.   Triple Pas de quatre 00:01:03
14.   Prelude 00:00:44
15.   First Pas de trois: Saraband - Step 00:01:11
16.   Gaillarde 00:01:12
17.   Coda 00:01:20
18.   Interlude 00:00:45
19.   Second Pas de trois: Bransle Simple 00:00:54
20.   Bransle Gay 00:00:46
21.   Bransle Double (Bransle de Poitou) 00:01:22
22.   Interlude 00:00:44
23.   Pas de deux - Più mosso - L'istesso tempo - Refrain 00:03:41
24.   Coda - Doppio lento - Quasi stretto - Coda 00:01:30
25.   Four Duos 00:00:30
26.   Four Trios 00:02:11
27.   Scene I: Lento sostenuto 00:02:26
28.   Scene I: Air de Danse 00:03:16
29.   Scene I: Dance of the Angel of Death 00:02:03
30.   Scene I: Interlude 00:01:30
31.   Scene II: Dance of the Furies 00:03:01
32.   Scene II: Air de Danse 00:02:18
33.   Scene II: Interlude 00:00:20
34.   Scene II: Air de Danse 00:00:40
35.   Scene II: Pas d'action 00:01:50
36.   Scene II: Pas de deux 00:05:07
37.   Scene II: Interlude 00:01:01
38.   Scene II: Pas d'action 00:02:22
39.   Scene III: Apotheosis 00:02:37

Total Playing Time: 01:17:43

Stravinsky, Igor

Craft, Robert

London Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra of St. Luke's

Label: Naxos

Genre: Ballet

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557502

Barcode: 747313250226

Boxset: 8.506009

Physical Release: 05/2005

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