Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex, Les Noces (2010)

Igor Stravinsky

Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Stravinsky’s first notable composition was his orchestral fantasy Fireworks (1908). In 1910 he composed The Firebird, premiered as a ballet by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris, which brought the composer international renown. This marked the beginning of Stravinsky’s creative phase known as the Russian period, famed for the ballet Petrushka (1911) and in particular the ballet The Rite of Spring (1913), which played a seminal role in the history of the choreographic arts and of twentieth-century symphonic music. From 1914 Stravinsky was permanently settled in the West (adopting French citizenship in 1934, and US citizenship in 1945). In his first decade of emigration he produced scores such as The Soldier’s Tale, to be read and for instrumental ensemble (1918), a bizarre reflection of the reality of the recent world war, and the dance cantata Les Noces (1923), which plumbed the innermost depths of Russian folklore.

 

 

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Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

Mariinsky Orchestra

The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra or the Kirov Orchestra is located in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The orchestra was founded in 1783 during the reign of Catherine the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. The orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.

In 1935 Joseph Stalin changed its name (and that of the Ballet) to the Kirov, after Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Communist Party in Leningrad, whose 1934 murder by his regime Stalin was attempting to whitewash. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name was changed back to the Mariinsky in 1992.

The current artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre is the conductor Valery Gergiev and the principal guest conductor is Nikolaj Znaider. Under Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra has become one of the leading symphony orchestras in Russia.

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Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex, Les Noces (2010)

Igor Stravinsky

Mariinsky Orchestra

    BBC Music Magazine

"Ekaterina Semenchuk...[is] the contralto with the biggest range and lustre since Bernstein's Troyanos, and Sergey Semishkur's Oedipus blends clarion authority with youthful pathos...all the right musical phrases shine through. Even Bernstein's recording can't match it for earthy authenticity."

Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex, Les Noces (2010)

Igor Stravinsky

Mariinsky Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson (Classic Sound Ltd)
Recording location: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Stravinsky - Les Noces - Part I - Scene I - The Brides Chamber
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Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex - Prologue and Act I - Spectateurs, vous allez...
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