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STRAVINSKY, I.: Later Ballets (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 9)


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STRAVINSKY, I.: Later Ballets (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 9)

Commissioned by George Balanchine, Jeu de cartes is a prime example of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic ideas emerging helter-skelter from Stravinsky’s imagination. Unlike his other ballets, it contains no slow music and no lovers’ pas-de-deux adagio. Danses concertantes was the first large-scale piece composed entirely in what was to be Stravinsky’s Hollywood home for the next 24 years. First performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Robert Craft, Variations are the densest music Stravinsky ever wrote, yet the ingenious rhythmic structures allow every note to be heard. Ezra Pound, in a balcony at the Teatro La Fenice for a September 1934 performance of the Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, wrote: “the piano and orchestra are as two shells of a walnut”. Alban Berg, who had shared the same concert with Stravinsky, remarked to the latter: “I wish I could write such happy music”.

Stravinsky, Igor

  Jeu de cartes (The Card Game)
1.   Premiere donne (First Deal): Alla breve - Moderato assai - Tranquillo 00:05:28
2.   Deuxieme donne (Second Deal): Alla breve - Marcia - Variations I - V - Coda - Marcia 00:09:25
3.   Troisieme donne (Third Deal): Alla breve - Valse - Presto - Tempo del principio 00:07:55
  Danses concertantes
4.   Marche - Introduction 00:01:57
5.   Pas d'Action - Con moto 00:03:20
6.   Theme varie 00:07:51
7.   Pas - de - deux - Andante sostenuto 00:04:45
8.   Marche - Conclusion 00:00:54
  Scenes de Ballet
9.   Introduction 00:00:46
10.   Danses (Corps de Ballet) 00:02:52
11.   Variations (Ballerina) 00:00:53
12.   Pantomime - Pas - de - deux 00:04:21
13.   Pantomime 00:00:30
14.   Variation - Variation (Ballerina) - Pantomime - Danses (Corps de Ballet) 00:03:19
15.   Apotheose 00:01:50
  Variations, "Aldous Huxley in memoriam"
16.   Variations, "Aldous Huxley in memoriam" 00:05:51
17.   I. Allegro 00:06:27
18.   II. Andante rapsodico 00:05:01
19.   III. Allegro capriccioso ma sempre giusto 00:05:42

Total Playing Time: 01:19:07

Stravinsky, Igor

Craft, Robert

London Philharmonic Orchestra; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Philharmonia Orchestra

Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble

Wait, Mark

Label: Naxos

Genre: Ballet; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557506

Barcode: 0747313250622

Boxset: 8.506009

Physical Release: 12/2007

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